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This is the tape of the first lecture of Ancient Israel. In this particular lecture I just want to cover a few points. First of all the purpose of the class, why do we feel it's necessary to have a class in this subject matter, when at least for the students here at the college you presumably or almost all of you or all of you have had a class in Old Testament survey and the answer to that is that just as the name implies, Old Testament survey you have surveyed a vast body of information without being allowed to get into a lot of depth in very much of it.


The table of contents below is only a rough summary of the course material. The History of Ancient Israel course was given in a classroom setting with time constraints, sometimes subjects carried over to the next lecture.

Please also note, the lecture notes (PDF) are from the 1988-1989 class years which do not match the lecture 1986-1987 class years on our website and are supplied for reference only. If you have a copy of the correct notes we would appreciate it if you would let us have a copy. Please use our contact link at the bottom of this web page.

Note all Lectures are by Richard H Paige except Lectures 30 and 31 which are given by Mr. Suckling

Lecture 1 - Overview of the First Semester
Lecture 2 - Archeology Methods
Lecture 3 - Archeology Chronology
Lecture 4 - Archeology Problems
Lecture 5 - Historicity of the Patriarchs - Part 1
Lecture 6 - Historicity of the Patriarchs - Part 2
Lecture 7 - Patriarchal Life - Part 1
Lecture 8 - Patriarchal Life - Part 2
Lecture 9 - Geography of the Exodus
Lecture 10 - MISSING OR NOT RECORDED
Lecture 11 - Chronology of the Exodus and Conquest of Canaan - Part 1
Lecture 12 - Chronology of the Exodus and Conquest of Canaan - Part 2
Lecture 13 - Modern Archeology and the Chronology of the Exodus and the Conquest - Part 1
Lecture 14 - Modern Archeology and the Chronology of the Exodus and the Conquest - Part 2
Lecture 15 - Modern Archeology and the Chronology of the Exodus and the Conquest - Part 3
Lecture 16 - Modern Archeology and the Chronology of the Exodus and the Conquest - Part 4
Lecture 17 - The Tribal Society of Israel after the Conquest
Lecture 18 - The Legal System in the Time of the Judges
Lecture 19 - Overview of the Period of the Judges
Lecture 20 - Ehud and Deborah
Lecture 21 - Gideon and Jephthah
Lecture 22 - The Philistines
Lecture 23 - Sampson and Samuel
Lecture 24 - Saul
Lecture 25 - The First Division of the Kingdom
Lecture 26 - David
Lecture 27 - David and Solomon
Lecture 28 - The Final Division of the Kingdom
Lecture 29 - The Early Kings of the Two Nations
Lecture 30 - The Decline of the Northern Kingdom, Ahab - (by Arthur O Suckling)
Lecture 31 - Ahab and Jehu - (by Arthur O Suckling)
Lecture 32 - The Prophet Amos
Lecture 33 - Assyrian Conflicts with Israel
Lecture 34 - Assyrian Conflicts with Judah
Lecture 35 - Hezekiah and Josiah
Lecture 36 - The Fall of Judah
Lecture 37 - Overview of the Second Semester
Lecture 38 - The Return of the Jews to Judea - Part 1
Lecture 39 - The Return of the Jews to Judea - Part 2
Lecture 40 - The Chronology of Ezra - Chapter 4
Lecture 41 - Ezra Comes to Jerusalem
Lecture 42 - The Oral Law
Lecture 43 - The Legacy of Ezra
Lecture 44 - Nehemiah
Lecture 45 - Chronology of Ezra and Nehemiah - Part 1
Lecture 46 - Chronology of Ezra and Nehemiah - Part 2
Lecture 47 - MISSING OR NOT RECORDED
Lecture 48 - Judah Under the Ptolemies
Lecture 49 - Transition From Ptolemaic to Seleucid Rule
Lecture 50 - The Hellenistic Movement in Judaea
Lecture 51 - The Seleucid Persecution
Lecture 52 - The Book of Daniel, Modern View
Lecture 53 - The Book of Daniel, Traditional View
Lecture 54 - The Hasmonean Period
Lecture 55 - The Hasmonean Civil Wars
Lecture 56 - The Decline of the Hasmonean State
Lecture 57 - The Identity of Darius the Mede
Lecture 58 - Herod the Great
Lecture 59 - Judea in the Time of Jesus - Part 1
Lecture 60 - Judea in the Time of Jesus - Part 2
Lecture 61 - Religion in Judaea at the Time of Jesus
Lecture 62 - Jesus and the Religious Teachings of His Day
Lecture 63 - The Arrest and Trial of Jesus - Part 1
Lecture 64 - The Arrest and Trial of Jesus - Part 2
Lecture 65 - The Arrest and Trial of Jesus - Part 3
Lecture 66 - The Early Church - Part 1
Lecture 67 - The Early Church - Part 2

Lecture Date: 1986-1987
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