What is Civilization?

New material for the semester concluded with the unit on Ancient Israel. For the next week and a half, the students will be reviewing previous material in preparation for the final exam.

To begin this review, students were asked on Thursday and Friday to think back on the initial question that was asked at the beginning of the semester—namely, the question as to the nature of civilization. Given that the students now have some historical data at their disposal, that they have spent the semester learning about various civilizations of the Ancient Near East, they were better suited to engage the question in a less abstract manner.