Ancient Israel by Daniel Fleming (New York University)


Professor Daniel Fleming

Source: New York University

Fleming’s ancient Israel is strange, sometimes shocking, diverse, and mostly hidden. It can be approached from archaeology and non-biblical writing as well as from the Bible as its most famous artifact. Fleming is a biblical scholar and student of ancient literature, so this class will lean toward what is written, embracing the Bible as a source. In a broadly chronological framework, we will ask what Fleming hopes to be unfamiliar questions, trying to get you to see things you had not considered before. The course assumes no prior knowledge, and all knowledge is built from the ground up based on “primary evidence,” the actual material from the ancient world – including the Bible.

About Professor Daniel Fleming

Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, Faculty of Arts & Science, New York University
Ph.D. 1990 Harvard; M.Div. 1985, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; B.S. 1979 Stanford.

Course Readings

The Jewish Study Bible (JPS Tanakh translation)

The Oxford History of the Biblical World, Michael D. Coogan editor

Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible, by Karel van der Toorn

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