Ancient Near East: Religion and Culture
Explore the history and culture of the ancient Near East, focusing on Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Syria-Palestine (the Fertile Crescent), with emphasis on the region’s cultural legacy as birthplace of the Judeo-Christian religious traditions. Using primary sources and archaeological data, examine religious and social institutions and artistic artifacts, including architecture and material culture. Learn about the history, beliefs, customs, and institutions of the ancient Near East that served as a heritage for later ages. The course also includes a guided visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art to view its renowned collection of artifacts from the region.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of the influence of the ancient Near East on Judaism and Christianity
- Familiarity with the history, beliefs, customs, and institutions of the ancient Near East
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
- Professionals who use critical thinking