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From Genesis to Job, the Hebrew scriptures contain some of the most influential stories in Western civilization. But what do these stories tell us about daily life in ancient Israel? And why do they still speak to us today?
In 24 captivating lectures, Professor Chapman introduces you to the stories of the Judeans in exile and grounds them in their historical context, giving you a grand vision of history as presented in the scriptures. She compares the history in the Bible to the archaeological record so that you come away with a complete picture of life in biblical Israel.
Discover the complete literary power of the scriptures by investigating many of the Bible's key historical moments, from the origins of the Israelites in the Torah to the Babylonian Captivity and the resettlement under the Persian Empire, which is the very heart of the Hebrew scriptures. Learn how the exilic period motivated the community to reexamine its relationship to its God, its land, its religious practices, and its legacy to the children who would become the new Israel.
But you'll tackle more than the sweep of history. From the family compounds to the battlefields and from the kitchens to the temples, Professor Chapman puts flesh on the bones of the biblical stories. Spiritually engaging and historically fascinating, this course is unlike any other, and it will give you a new appreciation both for ancient history and for the foundation of the three Abrahamic faiths.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jason Cherniak on 11-10-15

Great overview of ancient Jewish history

I had trouble finding a good overview of biblical Jewish history and this is it. Exactly what I was hoping for!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Manuel Valencia on 05-27-14

Outstanding course

What made the experience of listening to The World of Biblical Israel the most enjoyable?

Professor Chapman offers an outstanding course on the World of Biblical Israel. It is thorough, insightful, and her presentations are enjoyable. As a Catholic deacon who has studied Scripture extensively, I would strongly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to understand the life and struggles of a people whose blessing paradoxically comes from wrestling with God.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jonathan on 10-11-14

Fascinating and informative but a bit too serious

This was an extremely interesting lecture course from which I learned a huge amount. It describes the period of Jewish history covered in the Old Testament, including some remarkable insights into everyday life. As with all Great Courses series, there is a lot of detail about content on the Great Courses web site. The lecturer gives the impression of being extremely learned and her presentation is extremely clear with an astonishing absence of stumbles. I decided to rate it as 4 rather than 5 because the whole thing is a bit too serious. The best Great Courses lecturers inject a healthy amount of humour and their own personality -- this course had very little of either. As a result I found that I had to concentrate at times to follow the material in detail. But having said that I am very pleased that I listened to this course because it was so informative and so interesting.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-02-16

Mildly Interesting

Well, there were some good facts brought out. An interesting take on the culture.
For those who are quite familiar with the topic, the interpretations were in some instances outlandish and unsubstantiated. The tone is somewhat combatative.
This is not particularly archaeological in nature. Takes more a sociological measure of history.

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