Tel Aviv University
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list 6 sequences
assignment Level : Introductive
label History
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language Subtitles : Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew
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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?

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Syllabus

  • Week 1 - 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. W...
  • Week 2 - 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 rev...
  • Week 3 - 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.
  • Week 4 - 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...
  • Week 5 - 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 Ram...
  • Week 6 - 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 stor...
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Intructors

Professor Oded Lipschits, Ph.D.
Director, Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology
Jacob M. Alkow Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures

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Tel Aviv University (TAU) is Israel's largest institution of higher learning – with over 30,000 students and more than 125 schools and departments in nine faculties. Global in outlook and impact, it is consistently ranked among the world's top 100 universities, as well as the top 20 institutions in terms of scientific citations. A spirit of openness and innovation is evident in all of TAU's teaching and research activities, breaking down barriers between disciplines, and boldly striving to address the twenty-first century's most pressing challenges.
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Great course, very interesting, it brings the history really back to life. I highly recommend this course for those who are interested in this very important part of history

Published on January 17, 2018
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on the February 25, 2018
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The only thing I'd change is syning the volume of the verbal, with that of the music. I listen to the lecture on 6, but the music is too loud on 2.

on the January 17, 2018
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Great course, very interesting, it brings the history really back to life. I highly recommend this course for those who are interested in this very important part of history

on the January 6, 2018
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I found the course very well presented and it followed a natural sequence of historical findings. Even though there's a lot going on in that part of the world the course shows the true facts of how the civilizations back then evolved and their days of glory and downfall. Jerusalem was small and regarded as remote to the great nations back then but it's interesting how much Jerusalem and Israel as a whole were much involved with all the history being made so long ago. I'd recommend this to anyone with an interest.

on the January 3, 2018
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I've not finished it yet (5 parts are done, hopefully I can do the last segment tonight) but I've found this course exceptionally good, well argued, detailed, meticulous - but also, very entertaining and interesting. Congratulations to Professor Lipschits and all the creators of the course.

on the December 8, 2017
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Honestly, I learned a lot and important thinkgs through this course. I understand why it may lead many to abandon it. And the reason is that, objectively, compared to Coursera's other courses, is definitely more difficult. However, my point is that such a topic, with lots of information, names and chronologies, could not be taught otherwise. I would like to thank Professor Oded Lipschits, as well as his entire scientific team for the excellent course. It was important for me to fill my learning gaps in issues, that are directly related to the Aegean cultures and especially the ancient Greek civilization. Greetings from Greece and the city of Thessaloniki!!