5ET422 Archaeology and Biblical History, 7.5 Credits
Archaeology and Biblical History, 7.5 Credits
Biblical Studies
Spring 2018/2019 Jan - Jun (w04-w23). Daytime 25 % at Campus Bromma. Language English.
This education event has been cancelled!
Entry requirements
120 ECTS credits in theology, of which at least 15 credits in Biblical Studies from third year's level or Bachelor's degree in theology/religious studies, 180 ECTS credits, of which at least 150 credits in theology/religious studies, or equivalent.
Education Level
Second cycle
The relation between Biblical texts and archaeological findings is crucial for the reconstruction of Biblical history. Do texts and artefacts suggest the same picture of the past? This course offers insights about the political, social, and cultural history of Israel in antiquity, in the light of archaeological as well as textual sources. Archaeology’s contribution to Biblical Studies is discussed. The course includes an introduction to archaeological method and interpretation or archaeological artefacts. A central part of the course is the study trip to Israel/Palestine during a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 11 days. During this trip we visit museums and important archaeological sites and excavations, often together with local experts. The trip is coordinated with a corresponding PhD course. (Students who wish to take part in an excavation at their own expense in conjunction with the trip should contact the teacher well in advance.) Students who wish to take part in the course without joining the study trip might compensate for this with an expanded literature list and extra examinations.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• demonstrate thorough familiarity with archaeological method and the history of Israel during antiquity
• be able to critically discuss the interpretation of archaeological findings and artefacts and their importance for Biblical research
• be able to independently evaluate historical and theological issues in the light of archaeological research and to present and discuss such issues orally and in writing, in national as well as in international contexts.
Cline, Eric, 2009. ?Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction.? Oxford University Press (134s).
Available as eBook via EbscoHost for students and staff.

Finkelstein, Israel & Mazar, Amihai, 2007. The Quest for the Historical Israel: Debating Archaeology and the History of Early Israel. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature (232 s).

Magness, Jodi, 2012. The Archaeology of the Holy Land: From the Destruction of Solomon’s Temple to the Muslim Conquest. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (356 s).

Wassén, Cecilia (red.), 2014. Dödahavsrullarna: innehåll, bakgrund och betydelse. Stockholm: Atlantis (392 s).

Diverse artiklar
Thomas Kazen
Exam Types
Papers, Seminars.
Grading Types
A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, FX = Insufficient, F = Insufficient
Additional Directives
The study trip will take place some time during the period June 6-20. Students who take part in the study trip will have to pay for the journey and their expenses themselves.
Attendance at lectures and seminars is mandatory at Stockholm School of Theology.
Confirmed by the Theology Faculty Board at University College Stockholm 2014-12-16
Literature revised 2018-10-10