Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I would recommend this course because it showed why the Old Testament is so vital to Christianity and, therefore, should not be ignored. The way that archaeology was used to give context to stories in the Old Testament was fascinating, and really allowed me to delve into the meaning behind texts and stores in the Old Testament. It was also a great course just for going through the whole of the Old Testament. We read through every book and applied the archaeological knowledge/evidence to what we saw happening in the text, and that led to a really different understanding of the Old Testament than I had ever had in the past.
Highlights of this course were being able to read the entirety of the Old Testament, getting to interact with real artifacts from the Ancient Near East, and the way that the things we learned about the Old Testament greatly added to the New Testament and my faith in general. The majority of the things that I learned were the everyday practices, customs, and beliefs of Israelites in that time. This knowledge then allowed me to learn so much more from all of the Old Testament books. I learned about the importance of vineyards, the purpose of the Law as a guidebook for us on how to love God, and the importance of kings to the salvation story.
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I would advise students to do all of the readings. This includes readings from King and Stager as well as the Old Testament. Some of them are really dry, but all the reading pays off when you start applying knowledge of Israelite customs and practices to the Bible. It opens up a whole other way of looking at the Old Testament that you would never get without the readings.