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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.

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 centuries, the 1948 war for independence, and the

subsequent Arab-Israel conflicts.

IBEX333 Biblical Archaeology (3)

This course introduces students to the methodological principles, procedures, discoveries, and research resources for

understanding the archaeology and material culture of Bible lands. Attention will be given to how the findings of

archaeology can clarify and illustrate the meaning and historical background of biblical texts. Students will have

opportunities to visit excavation sites for hands-on fieldwork.

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.

IBEX340 Modern Israeli Society (3)

This course is a field-based introduction to the variety of ethnic, political, and religious expression in Modern Israel and

the disputed territories (Judea/Samaria/West Bank). Through lectures and multiple field trip days the student gains

first-hand exposure to the diverse (Jewish, Muslim, and Christian) cultural life of Israeli society. (Required of all IBEX

semester participants.)

Corequisite: IBEX300.

IBEX347 The Holocaust (3)

A historical, philosophical, and thematic examination of the Jewish Holocaust from anti-Semitic developments in the

nineteenth century to implications for the Jewish people today.

IBEX367 History of Ancient Israel (3)

A careful study of the history of the people and nation of Israel, from Abraham through the restoration period. Special

attention is given to the period of the monarchy.

IBEX367 fulfills the B364 requirement for the Biblical Studies: Bible Exposition

emphasis or the B102 Old Testament Survey II General Education requirement.

IBEX370 Physical Geography of Israel (3)

An examination of the physical geography of the land of Israel with attention to regional structure, geology, and

topography with a view to the development of communication lines and settlement. (Academic Short-Term Program


IBEX377 The Life of Christ (3)

An examination of the life of Christ with attention to the historical, cultural, and geographical factors that influenced

Christ’s earthly ministry.

IBEX377 fulfills the B346 requirement for the Biblical Studies: Bible Exposition emphasis or the B201

New Testament Survey I General Education requirement.

IBEX447 Dead Sea Scrolls (3)

An introductory survey of the literature and history of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

IBEX457 Jerusalem Studies (3)

A seminar covering historical, archaeological, and cultural aspects of the city of Jerusalem, both ancient and modern.

Reading in primary sources related to the city, site visits, classroom lecture, and student presentations are required.