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THE ANCIENT WORLD

There is much to be learned from written accounts of ancient Jewish history. Ancient texts, notably the Hebrew Bible, are the source of much of what we know of ancient Jewish economy, society, and politics. From these texts we learn that ancient Jewish life was difficult, but that many Jewish traditions came out of this time, including the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Today, modern archaeology complements Biblical studies by offering new insight on the historical context of Biblical accounts, such as the Exodus and the settlement of Canaan.

An Ancient Revolution: The Written Word
Appreciate how writing transformed society and explore the ways that ancient texts both reflect and influence a society's beliefs.


Unearthing the Bible
Compare biblical and archaeological evidence in order to examine the complex relationship between archaeology and the Bible.


The Legacy of David
Learn about the factors that led to the creation of a Jewish monarchy, and explore the lasting impact of ideas about King David on Jewish tradition and Western culture.


In the Days of the Prophets
Read the words of selected biblical prophets, learn about the period in which they lived, and consider the impact of the prophets on the people of Israel.



The Story of Hanukkah
Discover the historical background to the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, and explore the meaning of Hanukkah's stories and traditions.