"Thanks to the courses I’ve taken in ANE studies at Fuller,
I’ve been able to engage intellectually with the latest contributions to Old
Testament studies. I recently attended a series of lectures by archaeologists
and Semitics scholars — not only was I able to track with the Hebrew references
and follow concepts from a cultural and textual perspective, but I was able to
follow the logical sequencing of linguistic proposals in Akkadian and several
other Semitic languages. I could even rattle
off each text’s historical context.
I have found the knowledge and experience I have gained in
these classes has been extremely significant, giving me a foundation of
understanding ancient Near Eastern culture and enriching my understanding and
teaching of the Bible."
As a student in the Old Testament Ph.D. program at Fuller, I consider
the ANE courses to have been invaluable for my professional and personal
"Classes like The History and Historiography of Ancient Israel
(OT881) have expanded my knowledge of the range of arguments and evidence
available for the historical research of Ancient Israel; we addressed
foundational methodological questions like “How should we engage the biblical
text as a resource for studying the history of Ancient Israel?” and also dealt
with specific issues, as when we surveyed explanations of Israel’s emergence in
Canaan, the distinct approaches and evidence for each argument, and their
strengths and weaknesses.
"In language classes like Advanced Hebrew Grammar
(LG806), I was able to sharpen my skills in translating biblical Hebrew while
also acquiring an understanding of issues related to the historical development
of the language, particularly as articulated in contemporary debates.
"Overall, the ANE courses at Fuller have facilitated my
ability to engage the highest level of OT/Hebrew Bible scholarship. Whether I
am assessing presentations at SBL or local conferences, sifting through
academic journals and monographs, or working out the implications of my own
research, not only am I familiar with references to archaeological and
comparative evidence and major theories in OT/Hebrew Bible studies, but I also
have the tools to evaluate those arguments with a critical appreciation of
"Whether a student intends to work with the Bible on an
academic or popular level, the ANE classes at Fuller provide a solid foundation
for engaging today’s historical and comparative issues in biblical scholarship
and equipping the student to lead others to do the same."