The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem

Learn about Judah under Babylonian rule

About The Course

The period of the demise of the Kingdom of Judah at the end of the sixth century B.C.E., the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians, the exile of the elite to Babylon, and the reshaping of the territory of the new province of Judah, culminating at the end of the century with the first return of exiles – all have been subjects of intense scrutiny in modern scholarship. This course takes into account the biblical textual evidence, the results of archaeological research, and the reports of the Babylonian and Egyptian sources and provides a comprehensive survey and analysis of the evidence for the history of this 100-year-long era. The course includes a detailed discussion by Prof. Oded Lipschits of Tel Aviv University, with guest lectures by leading scholars dealing with the archaeological and biblical aspects of this debated topic.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can I earn for completing this class?

You can earn a Verified Certificate by verifying your work with a risk-free, no obligation Signature Track trial. Payment for Signature Track can be made anytime until the week before the course ends — so you’ll be more certain that you’ll earn your Verified Certificate.  If you choose not to verify your work, you can still participate in the complete course.  While your final score will be noted on your course records page, this course will not offer a Statement of Accomplishment.  


  • What resources will I need for this class?
For this course, all you need is an Internet connection, the Bible, and the time to read, write, discuss, and enjoy.

  • Is the reading list a must?
No. The reading list is our recommendation. Yet, you do not have to read it in order to participate in the course. If you do have the time, we have posted links to on-line versions of several of the papers.

  • I am currently a student at Tel Aviv University, will this course count towards the study of a degree at Tel Aviv University?
Yes, this course may qualify for 2 general credit point in your academic studies at Tel Aviv University under the following conditions:

  1. You must be a registered student at Tel Aviv University in the 2014-2015 academic year.
  2. You must register in advance through the internal Tel Aviv University registration system (i.e. the bidding system) and be accepted to the course (please note this pilot is limited to 150 student).
  3. You must take a final exam at the Tel Aviv University campus (the date and time of which will be available on the online registration system).       
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Recommended Background

Curiosity and passion for Biblical literature, archaeology and history.