Teaching Ancient Israel through Primary Source Documents

Date: May 3, 2008 - March 4, 2008

Location: Semitic Museum, Harvard University
Contact Hours: 10
Cost: $150 (includes one lunch)
Cutoff Date: April 19
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Spend two days at the Semitic Museum learning about ancient Israel through the primary source documents of other peoples. Through archaeology, ancient Israel has been uncovered in the documents of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and neighboring Transjordan and Syrian lands. Documents and material objects from the land of Canaan make Israel’s presence known even if the Bible did not exist. See the exhibits, handle the pottery, hear from the experts, learn how to weave, and develop an understanding about how ancient Israel lived and interacted with other cultures. Handouts and activities for use in the classroom included.

Saturday (9:00-5:00)
9:00 Israel in the Egyptian Archaeological Record
10:30 Break
10:45 Houses of Ancient Israel exhibit: see a full-size model of an ancient home based on the latest archaeological scholarship
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Weaving in the Ancient Near East
2:00 Israel in the Transjordan Archaeological Record
3:30 Break
3:45 Pottery Workshop

Sunday (9:00-12:15)
9:00 Israel in the Mesopotamian Archaeological Record
10:30 Break
10:45 Teaching the Bible in the Classroom: Using Primary Source Documents to Illuminate the Text

IHARE is an authorized provider of professional development credits in the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut. This program can be combined with other IHARE programs for teachers who require additional contact hours before submission to the school district.

For further information contact IHARE at 914-939-9071 or email us at: contact@ihare.org