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The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem

Tel Aviv University via Coursera

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  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
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  • Effort 3-4 hours a week
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  • Duration 6 weeks long
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The destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem and the Babylonian Exile were a great catastrophe in the history of the Jewish Nation.
What really happened during that dark, fateful age, and how did new opportunities arise from the ashes?

Syllabus

Introduction to geopolitics and geography of the Ancient Near East
Welcome to the first module of "The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem"! In this module you will be introduced to the geopolitical reality of the time of the Assyrian empire, followed by the Neo-Babylonian. We hope you'll find the videos informative and interesting. We encourage you to use the discussion forums in order to raise any questions or thoughts you might have after watching the videos.

Judah Under Babylonian Rule
The second module deals with Judah under Babylonian rule. We will learn about the Babylonian Conquest of Hattu-land and Judah, the events that lead to Jehoiakim's revolt and its outcome, and the changes in the Babylonian policy towards Judah following this revolt. You are welcome to raise questions for discussion regarding these topics.

The Days of the Destruction of Jerusalem
This module deals with Zedekiah's rebellion and the destruction of Judah.You are invited to watch the following units and learn about the Egyptian intervention, the reasons for Zedekiah's revolt, and the history of the destruction of Judah.

Gedaliah son of Ahikam
In this module we will learn about the transition of the capital city from Jerusalem to Mizpah and the governorship of Gedaliah son of Ahikam in Mizpah following the destruction. We encourage you to use the discussions to ask about anything that isn't clear or raise your own ideas regarding the material you learned.

Archaeology of the sixth century BCE
After learning of the days of the destruction and the historical role of Gedaliah son of Ahikam, you are invited to watch the lessons of the fifth module, which deals with the archaeology of the Babylonian Period. We will explore the magnificent finds from Ramat Rahel, the stamp impressions and what they can teach us about continuity or discontinuity in this period and the fate of Jerusalem and Judah following the destruction. I also recommend watching the optional videos which deal with additional interesting research topics.

The restoration of Jerusalem in the early Persian Period
The last module of our course will deal with different aspects of the Persian period: the cult of Jerusalem, changes in Jerusalem's status, the Judahite diaspora, the fall of Babylon and much more. We hope you will enjoy this final module which closes the story of Jerusalem's fall and rise.

Taught by

Oded Lipschits and Ido Koch

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3.5 Based on 8 reviews

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Sheri H
1.0 4 years ago
Sheri is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Professor Oded Lipschitz's agenda is to promote his book "The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem." I rated his class very hard for the following reasons. Many of his dates on Judean history are ambiguous. On quizzes you have to guess at the dates because the Professor provides more than one set of dates in his lectures. His theories are not main stream archaeology. Don't waste your time. There are much better courses available than this one.
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Anonymous
3.0 3 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
No doubt to the academics here. However, understanding the Prof english is difficult owing to his accent. The first quiz dosen't conform to other available timelines. I'll continue the course but, will not spend any time on frivolous quizzes!
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is a fabulous course. Professor Lipschits is incredibly knowledgeable and I felt privileged to listen to him work through the problems discussed.
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Dawn G
4.0 2 years ago
Dawn completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
The course format includes a peer reviewed final assignment. What a waste of time for so many students. They put in many hours of study each week for nearly two months just to fail the class based on the peer reviewed assignment. I was one of the 'lucky' ones, whose achieved grade dropped from 100 to 91.7. I passed. It looks like coursera dropped the class. Wouldn't recommend it anyway.
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Anonymous
1.0 3 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
This course solely directed to the promotion of the book. The author tries to defend his points in any way possible, yet his statements are full of historical inaccuracies and falsified historical data.

The worst MOOC course I have ever taken.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I'm taking the course right now and being very interested in the topic thanks to the videos' transcriptions and subtitles, I can better understand and deepen the researches carrier out in those areas and evidences found.
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