Ancient Israel in the Modern Western Imagination

History 280B/285B

Spring 2017
Section: 
003 (280) and 002 (285)
Instructor: 
Instructor: 
Ron Hendel
Location: 
3104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
T 2-4
Class Number: 
33611 (280) and 16302 (285)
Units: 
4

Spanning the 17th through the 20th centuries this course sets out to explore the way Europeans, Americans and Israelis have imagined and represented Biblical Israel.  Among the topics we will address are: Spinoza’s heresy, the Enlightenment Bible, the politics of archaeology, histories of Ancient Israel, Christian and Jewish representations of Jesus and the Holy Land, Israelite-Sephardic authenticity and Masada and the Zionist imagination.