HIST 436 - The Land of Israel: Past and Present

  • 3 credits
  • Online

Some history courses focus on a broad region over decades, even centuries. HIST 436 The Land of Israel: Past and Present examines the history of a very small and contested region over a span of more than 3,000 years. Issues we will investigate include: the importance of physical geography, material culture, and the Bible for constructing a coherent history of ancient Canaan/Israel; competing conceptions of the Holy Land in the pre-modern Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions; and competing conceptions of the Holy Land in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict (ca. 1900-present).

The lectures for this CSU Online course are the lectures for the on-campus section of HIST 436 which will be livestreamed on Mondays & Wednesdays 5:00pm-6:15pm (Mountain Time). CSU Online students are encouraged to log in via Zoom to the participate in the on-campus class discussions when their schedules permit. The lectures will also be available via the Echo360 link on the HIST 436 Canvas page.

This course can be applied toward:


3 credits of HIST; NO Freshmen.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn (2017)
    Gordis, Daniel
    ISBN: 9780062368751
  • Jerusalem: The Biography (2012)
    Montefiore, Simon Sebag
    ISBN: 978-0307280503
  • The Oxford Illustrated History of the Holy Land (2018)
    Williamson, H. G. M. and Hoyland, Robert
    ISBN: 978-0198724391

Various primary sources, articles, and book chapters (Available via Canvas).

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