Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 59

Biblical Studies
Short-term Programs.
Academic study trips
(both undergraduate and graduate level; 3 credits)
are offered during the summer months and
occasionally between regular semesters.
“The world is a great book, of which they who never stir from
home read only a page.”
- Augustine (AD 354-430)
for more information.
Course Offerings at IBEX
IBEX300 The Land & the Bible (4)
A regionally based geographic study of the land of Israel
with an emphasis on the biblical period. Attention is given
to the inter-relationship of geography and geology to
history and the subsequent development of civilization
in the various regions. Regions studied include Judea,
Samaria, Dead Sea, Jordan Rift, Galilee, Golan, Jezreel,
Negev, and the Coastal district. (Required of all semester
IBEX participants).
IBEX304 Historical Geography of the Bible (4)
An advanced seminar on historical aspects of biblical
geography. This course examines the historical geography
of the land of Israel with attention to regional structure
and the development of communication lines. Emphasis
is placed on historical aspects of site location including
discussions of biblical and epigraphical documentation,
archaeological evidences, and toponymy.
IBEX300 The Land & the Bible and previous IBEX semester
IBEX307 Regional Studies-Israel (3)
A field-based seminar focusing on historical, geographical,
cultural, and archeological aspects of selected regions in
the land of Israel designed to supplement those covered
in IBEX 300.
Prerequisites: Rigorous hiking, ability to read
Hebrew place names on topographic maps, and extensive field work
mandatory for class participation. Limited Enrollment.
IBEX310 Old Testament Archaeology (3)
A study of the art and science of archaeological research.
Attention will be given to primary literary sources, the
history and development of archaeology as a discipline,
methodology, and present state of archaeology in the
land of Israel. Opportunities for site excavation will be
afforded the student. The focus of this course will be the
Old Testament period.
IBEX 311 Biblical Hebrew (4)
An introduction to grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of
Biblical Hebrew. Attention is given to translation and
reading skills (IBEX311 parallels BL311, Elementary
Hebrew I, at TMC).
IBEX312 Modern Hebrew (3)
An introduction to modern Hebrew with attention to
reading and conversation skills.
IBEX313 New Testament Archaeology (3)
A survey of the archaeological discoveries in Israel from
the first century A.D. Attention will be given to the life
of Christ and His ministry in Galilee and Jerusalem and
corresponding archaeological finds. Studies will include
Galilean synagogues, fortresses of Herod the Great, the
Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Temple Mount complex in
Jerusalem. Opportunity to excavate will be afforded the
student as available.
IBEX314 Jerusalem Archaeology (3)
A study of archaeological research and discoveries in the
city of Jerusalem, with emphasis on biblical periods. the
history of the research and methodology will be studied,
with a focus upon the major archaeological discoveries
and issues throughout Jerusalem’s history. Lectures will
be supplemented with field study at important sites and
museums. Opportunities for excavation will be afforded
the student as available.
IBEX320 Jewish Thought & Culture (3)
A study of Jewish thought, literature, and culture from
the ancient to modern period. Social, political, cultural,
philosophical, and theological developments and
contributions will be considered.
(Course may be used for
cross-cultural credit.)
IBEX330 History of the Modern State of Israel (3)
A thematic study of the major issues concerned with
Jewish self-determination and the establishment of the
State of Israel. Topics include the rise of Zionism, the
British Mandate, the Holocaust and anti-semitism, socio-
political status of the Jewish people in the late-nineteenth
to mid-twentieth century, the 1948 war for independence
and the subsequent Arab-Israel conflicts.
(Course may be
used for cross-cultural credit.)
IBEX337 Geographical Area Studies (3)
A field-based seminar on selected sites of historical,
geographical, cultural, and archaeological interest in the
Mediterranean region and the Middle East proper.
IBEX347 The Holocaust (3)
A historical, philosophical, and thematical examination
of the Jewish Holocaust from anti-Semitic developments
in the nineteenth century to implications for the Jewish
people today.
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