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Honors Program
Course Description

Honors Program: A pathway to excellence.

HON 102/302 The Other Archeology of the Bible: a look at the historical beginnings of the Great Monotheistic faiths of today.

In this course the student will
1) Be exposed to a general knowledge of historical speculation and archeological finds in Eastern Mediterranean and Southwest Asia
2) Understand how this is related to evidence of cultural interactions and the sharing of the stories in the sacred texts of the ancient groups within the region.
3) Look at similar themes from the sacred narratives of such groups as Sumerians, Babylonians, Canaanites, Egyptians, and Greeks and their possible influence on the stories in the Bible.
4) Look at earlier and contemporary monotheism from the region such as the priesthood of Akhenaton in Egypt, Zoroastrianism of Persia, and also Pythagoreans, Platonism and neo-Platonism of Greece and their possible influence on the Bible.
5) Be exposed to current archeology as it sheds new light on the history of the regions.

Substitutions: This course will substitute for Soci 101, Anty 220, ISSS 305, 315, 450, 475, 484, 485 .

Instructor: Dr. Michael Franscisconi

Time: Spring 2014, Block 8

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