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  • Joseph I. Lauer
    Aug 6, 2007
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      I am posting the following e-mail and course information about a new
      program that was received from Dr. Shlomo Bunimovitz, Chair, Department of
      Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, Tel Aviv University.
      As will be noted, Dr. Bunimovitz "will be grateful if you will help us
      in spreading the word about the new program among potential students and
      relevant internet networks."
      As will also be noted, I have incorporated the "attachment" mentioned by
      Dr. Bunimovitz into the end of the body of this e-mail. However, as this
      posting is in plain text, the formatting of the original attachment notice
      has been lost. If anyone wants the attachment in Word document form, please
      contact Dr. Bunimovitz or me.
      Joseph I. Lauer
      Brooklyn, New York

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Shlomo Bunimovitz bunimov@...
      Subject: TAU - archaeological program for overseas students

      Dear friends and colleagues,

      The Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations at
      Tel Aviv University in cooperation with TAU's School for Overseas
      Students (OSP) is happy to announce the initiation of a new credit
      program for overseas M.A. and Ph.D. students: ANCIENT ISRAEL:
      ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY OF THE BIBLICAL PERIOD.

      The program, which offers academic credit transferable to most American
      universities, is for students from various fields related to the Hebrew
      Bible who wish to broaden their knowledge in Biblical and Modern Hebrew,
      Biblical Archaeology and the history of the Land of Israel during the
      biblical period (Iron Age to Persian period, 12th-4th centuries BCE). It
      introduces students to issues of theory and methodology, and also offers
      the opportunity to gain fieldwork experience.

      The program extends over the Spring Semester (starting February 2008)
      and includes seminars, field tours, study of Modern Hebrew, and an
      option of participation in excavations (during the summer months of
      June-July).

      For the curriculum of the program, schedule, admission procedures and
      fees see attachment.

      We will be grateful if you will help us in spreading the word about the
      new program among potential students and relevant internet networks.

      Sincerely Yours,

      Dr. Shlomo Bunimovitz
      Chair
      Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations
      Tel Aviv University

      ****************************************

      ANCIENT ISRAEL:
      ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY OF THE BIBLICAL PERIOD

      A Study Program for Overseas M.A. and Ph.D. Students in the Department
      of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations at Tel Aviv
      University, Israel

      The Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations at
      Tel Aviv University in cooperation with TAU's School for Overseas
      Students (OSP) announces the initiation of a new credit program for
      overseas M.A. and Ph.D. students.

      The program, which offers academic credit transferable to most American
      universities, is for students from various fields related to the Hebrew
      Bible who wish to broaden their knowledge in Biblical and Modern Hebrew,
      Biblical Archaeology and the history of the Land of Israel during the
      biblical period (Iron Age to Persian period, 12th-4th centuries BCE). It
      introduces students to issues of theory and methodology, and also offers
      the opportunity to gain fieldwork experience.

      The program extends over the Spring Semester (starting February 2008)
      and includes seminars, field tours, study of Modern Hebrew, and an
      option of participation in excavations (during the summer months of
      June-July).

      The Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations in
      Tel Aviv University is renowned for its strong involvement in study and
      research of the biblical period through important excavation projects in
      Israel (from Tel Beer-sheba, Arad, and Lachish to the recent excavations
      at Megiddo, Tel Beth-Shemesh and Ramat Rahel). Its senior staff members
      play a leading role in the major debates that have shaped the discipline
      (most recently the issues of Iron Age chronology, the rise of ancient
      Israel, state formation in Israel and Judah, and a variety of subjects
      related to the post-exilic period). Participants in the program will
      have the opportunity to be part of the vibrant academic life of the
      department and will attend courses taught by scholars on the cutting
      edge of research in the fields of archaeology and history of Ancient
      Israel.

      Are you a graduate student who

      * has completed or is about to complete an advanced degree (M.A. or
      Ph.D.) in Hebrew bible studies, ancient Near Eastern cultures and
      languages, Egyptology or in related fields such as biblical history,
      theology and religious studies
      * or is currently enrolled in a M.A. or Ph.D. program and would like
      to spend a semester of studies in Israel and gain archaeological field
      experience

      Then this program is for you.

      CURRICULUM

      Courses are taught in English.

      The program is for a period of one-semester (Spring Semester) of study
      in Israel plus an option of participation in summer excavations. The
      program starts with one month of Intensive Hebrew Language Program
      (Ulpan).

      Seminars (for the spring semester)

      * Text and Archaeology -Selected Problems. (Prof. Israel Finkelstein)
      The seminar will deal with Iron Age archaeology, the biblical text and
      ancient Near Eastern records. Among the topics which will be dealt with
      are: the rise of Early Israel in the Iron I; Philistine archaeology;
      Iron Age chronology; state formation in the Levant; the Northern
      Kingdom; the archaeology of Jerusalem; Judah in the late 8th century;
      Judah in the 7th century BCE: the days of Manasseh and Josiah.

      * The Babylonian and Persian Periods in Judah: Between Bible and
      Archaeology (Dr. Oded Lipschits).
      The seminar will deal with the historical sources to the Babylonian and
      Persian periods in the Levant, and will compare the historical picture
      with data from archaeological excavations and surveys, especially in
      Judah and Jerusalem. All this will be compared to the biblical sources,
      especially Ezra - Nehemiah, in order to learn about the value of this
      book for historical research as well as its ideological intentions, the
      stages of its composition and the different additions and editions.

      * How did it all begin? The Land of Israel during the Bronze Age
      (Dr. Yuval Gadot)
      The rise of Early Israel is currently viewed as a process within the
      wider framework of the history of the Land of Israel. A meaningful
      understanding of Iron Age Israel demands, therefore, familiarity with
      the history of the land in earlier periods. The seminar will deal with
      the archaeology of Canaan during the Middle and Late Bronze Ages. This
      period saw the flourishing and decline of Canaanite culture as well as
      the growth and collapse of the Egyptian empire that ruled the country -
      the very processes that led to the birth of ancient Israel.

      Each seminar meets for four hours per week, for a total of 8 credits.

      Participants will present one long research paper for each seminar

      Other graduate seminars in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient
      Near Eastern Civilizations that are outside the program are open to the
      students but as they are given in Hebrew, a knowledge of the language is
      required.

      Field Tours

      Four one-day field tours to main archaeological sites from the biblical
      period all over Israel, for a total of 3 credits (the tours will be
      guided by Dr. Yuval Gadot)

      * Royal cities of the Israelite kingdom: Megiddo, Hazor and Dan.
      A thorough study of three main centers of the Northern Kingdom and the
      implications of their finds for biblical history.

      * The capital of Judah: new discoveries in Jerusalem
      What can archaeology teach us about the City of David, the expansion
      of Jerusalem in late-monarchic times, and the history of the kingdom of
      Judah?

      * On the Philistine border: Tel Beth-Shemesh, Ekron-Tel Miqne and
      Gath-Tell es-Safi
      A visit to the border between Philistines and Israelites - an
      intriguing archaeological picture of cultural and political processes at
      a confrontation line.

      * Fortresses and temples in the Negev of Judah: Tel Beer-Sheba and
      Arad.
      The story of Beer-sheba valley - settlers, nomads, and foreign powers
      at the periphery of the kingdom of Judah.

      Participants will have to present one short paper for each tour.

      Summer Excavations

      The program offers the unique experience of taking active part in one of
      the excavation projects conducted at major archaeological sites by the
      Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University, for 3 credits.

      Participants in the program will be permitted to take part in the
      excavations at:

      * Megiddo (directed by Prof. Israel Finkelstein and Prof. David
      Ussishkin).
      * Tel Beth-Shemesh (directed by Dr. Shlomo Bunimovitz and Dr. Zvi
      Lederman)
      * Ramat Rahel (directed by Dr. Oded Lipschits)

      There is an option to take part in the credit program conducted in each
      of the excavations and get up to 6 more credits. For more details see
      the web site of the Institute of Archaeology:
      http://www.tau.ac.il/humanities/archaeology/

      Modern Hebrew Studies

      The program gives the opportunity to acquire a sound knowledge of the
      Hebrew language. An Intensive Hebrew Language Program (Ulpan) by the
      School for Overseas Students at Tel Aviv University is offered prior to
      the Spring Semester, taught at all levels.

      Hebrew examination 15.1.2008
      Intensive Hebrew studies (6 credits) 20.1 - 14.2.2008
      Hebrew studies (during the semester, 3 credits) 17.2-6.6.2008
      Summer studies (6 credits) 3.8-19.9.2008

      Overseas Student Program Courses

      Participants in the program will be permitted to attend 2 additional
      courses in the Overseas Student Program. For course description see the
      web site of The School of Overseas Students, Tel Aviv University:
      http://www.tau.ac.il/overseas/

      Schedule

      The program starts at 14.1.08

      Admission Procedures and Fees

      For application and admission requirements, admission procedures and
      fees see details at the web site of The School of Overseas Students, Tel
      Aviv University: http://www.tau.ac.il/overseas/

      For administrative inquiries please contact the School of Overseas
      Students, Tel Aviv University.

      For academic issues please contact Dr. Shlomo Bunimovitz, Chair,
      Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel Aviv
      University, e-mail address: lpick@...