A general survey of the history of the Ancient Near East as it pertains to the background out of which the Tanach was written, giving the student the ability to understand the history of ancient Israel within a historical framework.
Textbooks: Hoerth, Mattingly, Yamauchi, eds. Peoples of the Old Testament World (Baker, 1994)
Instructor: Ariel Berkowitz, M.Div
Ariel received his B.S. from West Chester State University and Philadelphia Biblical University, and his M.Div from the Biblical Theological Seminary. He has been an adjunct professor with IBEX (Israel Bible Exchange program) since 1995. His area of specialty is Tanach Studies with a special love for Tanach History, Biblical Geography, Studies in Torah and the Prophets. He specializes in the role of Biblical History and Geography. Ariel is also an instructor with Torah Resources International. He taught both full and part time at Israel College of Bible from 1992-2006. Ariel and his wife D’vorah have four children and seven grandchildren.