Teaching Israel through Primary Source Documents

Date: February 15, 2010 - February 19, 2010

Location: Jewish Community Center, 334 Amsterdam Avenue (76th Street), New York
Contact Hours:30
Time: 9:00-4:30
Cost: $250 plus $20 materials

Available for P credit to NYC teachers
Register at http://schools.nyc.gov/Teachers/aspdp

This course will provide an introduction to the history of ancient Israel through the archaeological record and primary source documents of the ancient Near East presented in a case-study format. The course will be conducted so that participants can adapt and revise the format to be appropriate for their subject areas and/or grade levels, and to the needs of their students.

Participants develop content knowledge and lessons for differentiated instruction.


  1. Learn about the archaeological work which has been undertaken from the 19th century to the present in the lands of the ancient Near East
  2. Become familiar with primary source documents especially from Egypt and Mesopotamia
  3. Understand how scholars seek to understand biblical texts within the cultural context of the ancient Near East
  4. Learn how to evaluate claims made in the current political environment against the archaeological record


  1. The Geography, Chronology, and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
  2. The Origins of Israel: The Archaeology of Egypt
  3. When Israel and the Arabs Were Allies
  4. Child Sacrifice: An Archaeological and Biblical Tale
  5. A Double Murder Mystery: Law and Order in Ancient Israel
  6. The Land of Iraq and the Land of Israel: A Never Ending Story



  • NYS Social Studies Standard 2 World History
  • NYC Social Studies Standards
  • I Culture
  • II Time, Continuity, and Change
  • III Peoples Places and Environment


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