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HSY1190 - Jews, God and History

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Paul Forgasz


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


The Biblical and immediate post-Biblical period. The history of ancient Israel from the patriachs to the fall of Jerusalem in 70CE, the rise of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the ancient near eastern setting of the period of Jewish history.
  2. Discuss and analyse the major events, issues and concepts that underpin this course.
  3. Analyse texts and sources relating to the biblical and post biblical period.
  4. Understand the debates concerning the reliability of the Bible as a source of historical reconstruction.


Tutorial paper, presented orally and in writing (500 words): 15%
Essay (2000 words): 45%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Contact hours

3 hours (2 lectures and 1 tutorial) per week