MOOC—Biblical Archaeology: The Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Judah

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Prof. Aren Maeir is offering a MOOC (massive open online course) titled “Biblical Archaeology: The Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Judah” online on the EdX platform. The course will be the equivalent of a semester-long course on the archaeology of Iron Age Israel and Judah. The course is open to all—and for a fee, one can receive a certificate from EdX or academic credit from Bar-Ilan University. Registration is now open—click here to learn more and register!

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Aren Maeir is professor of archaeology at the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University and director of the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project, a long-term, multi-national excavation of one of the largest ancient sites in Israel.

Our free eBook Ten Top Biblical Archaeology Discoveries brings together the exciting worlds of archaeology and the Bible! Learn the fascinating insights gained from artifacts and ruins, like the Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem, where the Gospel of John says Jesus miraculously restored the sight of the blind man, and the Tel Dan inscription—the first historical evidence of King David outside the Bible.


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  • DENNIS says

    Unfortunately it is the holiday season here in these United States so I can’t participate. Will there be another session or will this be archived online?

  • BAS says

    What if you get started a week late? Does it have to be completed within the 8 weeks? Can it be done over 8 weeks?Where do the courses get accessed? I’m very interested to do the certificate but there’s a lot of information if added would be helpful.

  • aren says

    Do register for this fascinating MOOC. The first lesson goes online on Wednesday, Dec. 5th, 2018, and each week another will go online. We will introduce archaeology in general and biblical archaeology in particular, and then introduce the archaeological evidence, interpretations and debates relating to Iron Age Israel and Judah – and related cultures, peoples and events.
    It’s going to be both fun – and enriching. Do sign up for the course!

    Aren Maeir

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