Beginning October 3, former Grace College and Seminary president John J. Davis will teach a course entitled “Archaeology of Ancient Israel: The Conquest through the United Monarchy” at IPFW through the Division of Continuing Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
The conquest of Canaan, the settlement of the tribes during the period of the Judges, and the rise of the monarchy are three critical episodes in Israel’s long history. During the reign of David, the United Monarchy experienced military superiority and prosperity, as David secured Israel’s border against its enemies, and established Jerusalem as its national capital.
Solomon’s reign brought a period of peace and cultural development. The First Temple in Jerusalem was built in Solomon’s time. During the past 50 years of archaeological work in Palestine, many discoveries have been made that shed important light on the history, culture and geography of those periods. Archaeological periods to be considered are the Late Bronze I through Iron Age II, 1550-900 B.C.
Course begins October 3
About the instructor…
Dr. John J. Davis holds a B.A. and D.D. from Trinity College, M.Div., Th. M, and Th. D degrees from Grace Theological Seminary, and has done graduate work study at the Near East School of Archeology in Jerusalem and post-doctoral study at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland under the auspices of Indiana University. Dr. Davis has participated in numerous archeological expeditions to Jordan and Israel. He holds memberships in theological, archaeological, and outdoor writing societies, has contributed articles to numerous books, dictionaries and articles, and has served as translator and contributor to several editions and study editions of the Bible.