Biblical Archaeology Forum

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The Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) begins its thirty-fourth year on Thursday, September 13, 2018, with Catholic University professor Robert Miller examining textual evidence in Deuteronomy, Judges, and Habakuk, and archaeological remains that Yahweh entered the Israelite religion through Midian.

Please join us for a series of eight scholarly lectures on the latest archaeological research findings and related fields such as history, art, and texts of ancient times. Reservations are not required.

Fees per lecture are
free – high school students;
$5 – Residents of CES Life Communities, college students, and co-sponsors;
$8 – BASONOVA & Bender JCC members, a
$10 – the general public.
Pay at the door – cash or check only

For more information, please contact BAF.JCCGW@gmail.com.

2018-2019 SEASON

 

Cities That Built the Bible  Sunday, February 10th -
Women Who Built the Bible Wednesday, March 6th - 8:00 PM
World’s First Computer, Recovered from the Antikythera Shipwreck Wednesday, April 3rd - 8:00 PM
The Mysterious Disappearance of Zerubbabel Wednesday, May 8th - 8:00 PM

Cities That Built the Bible 

Sunday, February 10th

Guest Speaker: Robert Cargill | Assistant Professor, Judaism and Christianity, at the University of Iowa and Editor, Biblical Archaeology Review

Sunday, February 10, 2019 | 8:00 PM | B’nai Israel

Lecture Description

The cities of Jerusalem, Babylon, and Bethlehem are more than just settings for epic stories from the Bible: they were instrumental to the creation of the Bible. This presentation blends archaeology and biblical history to explore these cities and their role in the building of the Bible.

These cities also influenced numerous non-biblical books written in antiquity; far more books were left out of the Bible than were let in during the messy canonization process. The lecture will reveal surprising facts, such as what the Bible says about the birth of Jesus and how Mary’s Virgin Birth caused problems for the early church.

The presentation will offer an exciting adventure through time that brings the Bible to life through the cities of Tyre, Sidon, Byblos, Ugarit, Nineveh, Babylon, Megiddo, Athens, Alexandria, Jerusalem, Qumran, Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Rome. Illustrations will include artifacts, dig sites, and ruins taken from a far-reaching journey from the battlegrounds of Megiddo to the Grotto of the Nativity, from the towering Acropolis of Athens to the caves in Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

Women Who Built the Bible

Wednesday, March 6th
8:00 PM

Guest Speaker: Maxine Grossman | Associate Professor and Director of the Religious Studies Program at the University of Maryland

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 8:00 PM | Bender JCC Social Hall
Kathe Schwartzberg Memorial Lecture

Lecture Description

Beginning with Eve in the Garden of Eden to Lady Wisdom in the Book of Proverbs, representations of women in the Hebrew Bible demonstrate the importance of feminine images and characters in what is often designated a masculine and patriarchal culture.

Why have certain female characters and feminine images gained literary prominence in a male-centered religious tradition? What were the themes and concerns that led biblical authors to a focus on women in an ancient society that typically discounted a prominent role for women?

Attention to a wide variety of female characters and stereotypes — from the Matriarchs, the women of the Exodus, and the queens of ancient Israel to the female figures of wisdom and prophetic literature — provides opportunities to think about the women of the Bible in light of the ancient societies their stories reflect.

Reservations are not required.
Fees per lecture are:
free – high school students;
$5 – Residents of CES Life Communities, college students, and co-sponsors
$8 – BASONOVA & Bender JCC members
$10 – the general public
Pay at the door – cash or check only
For more information, please contact BAF.JCCGW@gmail.com.

Subscriptions for the BAF 2017-2018 lecture season are coming soon.

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Guest Speaker: Daryn Lehoux | Professor of Classics at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | 8:00 PM | Bender JCC Social Hall

Lecture Description

The Antikythera mechanism is one of the most remarkable technological devices from the pre-modern era. The instrument is believed to have been designed and constructed by Greek scientists; famed astronomer Hipparchus of Rhodes (190-120 BCE) may have been consulted in the machine’s construction.

The shipwreck dates to circa 65 BCE, and was discovered in 1901 off the southwestern Greek island of Antikythera. The device was little studied and little understood until much later in the twentieth and even into the twenty-first century when its most important secrets began to be unveiled by advanced imaging techniques.

This lecture looks at the remarkable technological and astronomical knowledge embedded in the ancient machine, and the remarkable technological efforts that it took to uncover them in the modern era.

Reservations are not required.
Fees per lecture are:
free – high school students;
$5 – Residents of CES Life Communities, college students, and co-sponsors
$8 – BASONOVA & Bender JCC members
$10 – the general public
Pay at the door – cash or check only
For more information, please contact BAF.JCCGW@gmail.com.

Subscriptions for the BAF 2017-2018 lecture season are coming soon.

Return to the main Biblical Archaeology Forum page

The Mysterious Disappearance of Zerubbabel

Wednesday, May 8th
8:00 PM

Guest Speaker: Ted Lewis | Blum-Iwry Professorship in Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | 8:00 PM | Bender JCC Social Hall

Lecture Description

Zerubbabel was the heir of the royal Davidic line following the Babylonian exile.  According to the prophet Haggai, Zerubbabel was God’s messianic designate, chosen to be God’s own signet ring. The prophet Zechariah calls him “the Branch,” a title given elsewhere to the idyllic future Davidide. Near the end of the sixth century BCE, Zerubbabel returns to Jerusalem to lay the foundation of the Second Temple.

Mysteriously, at the height of such expectations, Zerubbabel disappears from the pages of history. His disappearance is one of the greatest mysteries in the Hebrew Bible. How and why the Signet of God disappear? Why are our texts silent on the matter? Was there something nefarious afoot? Who would have stood to benefit most by Zerubbabel’s disappearance? Should we be looking externally (to the Persians wishing to stem a growing nationalism?) or internally (to a struggle for power?).

Join Professor Lewis in examining multiple clues that have been left behind to try to solve this mystery.

Reservations are not required.
Fees per lecture are:
free – high school students;
$5 – Residents of CES Life Communities, college students, and co-sponsors
$8 – BASONOVA & Bender JCC members
$10 – the general public
Pay at the door – cash or check only
For more information, please contact BAF.JCCGW@gmail.com.

Subscriptions for the BAF 2017-2018 lecture season are coming soon.

Return to the main Biblical Archaeology Forum Page