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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


NES 2662 Daily Life in the Biblical World

Course description

(summer only) This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

This course will survey the common and not-so-common daily activities of the world of ancient Israel, with supplementary material from its neighbors in Mesopotamia, Egypt and Canaan. Many courses cover aspects of ancient political history or ancient literature, but these often focus on the activities of members of social elites (who produced most of the writing), at the expense of the activities of more average citizens. The focus of this class is on ancient technologies, human interactions with the environment and how these play into the creation and maintenance of social systems. It will provide a broad spectrum, spanning all social classes, and many different kinds of resources and activities. Material to be covered will include topics such as food production and processing, pottery production, metallurgy, glass making, cloth production and personal adornment, implements of war, medicine, leisure time (games and music), and others.


NES 2662 001-LEC On-campus 3-week session

The NES 2662 001-LEC section of this course has been canceled.

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