Sep 15, 2019  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20
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CLAS 2510 - Ancient Jerusalem: From Solomon to Suleiman

Attempts to approach the city of Jerusalem and the complex interaction of political, social, and above all religious realities that continue to define the city. Focuses on Jerusalem as a mythic as well as a historical entity; attempt to disentangle some of the threads that make Jerusalem the rich tapestry of meaning it has become. It does this by a careful reading of textual material from Jewish, Christian, and Islamic sources, as well as of archaeological and art-historical data. Focuses especially on the Temple Mount as a site of religious practice, transformation, myth, and conflict because of the long shadow it casts over the traditional landscape of Jerusalem.

Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2CP
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • To become familiar with the corpus of religious thought directed toward and produced in the city during the period in question.
  • To become familiar with the major historical periods and political events connected to Jerusalem from its founding until ca. 1500 AD.
  • To become familiar with the physical attributes of the city, including its archaeological record, architectural developments, and geographic contours.
  • To develop skills for thinking critically about sites as complex and superabundant with meaning as Jerusalem, and to be able to apply those skills to new material both in and outside of the course.
  • To understand the interaction between socio-political history, material culture, and religious thought of and about the city.

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