Teaching Israel through Primary Source Documents

Date: September 29, 2009 - December 15, 2009

Location: Jewish Community Center, 334 Amsterdam Avenue (76th Street), New York
Contact Hours: 30
Time: 4:15-6:45 PM
Cost: $250 plus $20 materials
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Available for P credit to NYC teachers: Class P18-243F09.
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.



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




  • The Geography, Chronology, and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
  • The Origins of Israel: The Archaeology of Egypt
  • When Israel and the Arabs Were Allies
  • Child Sacrifice: An Archaeological and Biblical Tale
  • A Double Murder Mystery: Law and Order in Ancient Israel
  • 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