The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: Monumental Power, Politics, and Pride – Although most people today are aware of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, few can name all seven. Perhaps fewer still realize that throughout much of its history the list was never static.
Mendes, City of the Ram-Man – Approximately 50 km. due east of the centerline of the Egyptian Nile Delta, the rich arable land turns into a wilderness of rock and gigantic sand dunes. Proceeding towards the sunrise, the traveler has begun to cross the only land bridge linking the two largest continents on earth, Africa and Asia, viz. the Sinai Peninsula.
The Politics of Genealogies in Second Temple Times – Genealogies are a prominent feature in biblical literature, particularly in the Torah as well as sacred literature from the post-exilic period, namely the books of Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah.
The goal of this talk is to demonstrate just how much was destroyed (and where) at the end of the Late Bronze Age in the Ancient Near East/Eastern Mediterranean and what this indicates for the multiple theories that utilize destruction as a prime mover in the collapse of Bronze Age civilizations.
Alexander the Great: His Career, Character, and What Made Him “Great” Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 8 pm Eastern via Zoom Jennifer Tobin The meteoric career of Alexander the Great is the stuff of legends. As a precocious child he tamed the mighty horse Bucephalus, in his teens he led the Macedonian cavalry and before […]
This lecture surveys biblical genealogies, specifically royal and non-royal genealogies in Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah.
Unholy Texts: Biblical Rape Narratives Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at 8 pm Eastern via Zoom Carl Ehrlich, York University The topic of rape appears a number of times in the Hebrew Bible. It is broached both explicitly and implicitly, reflected in a number of literary genres, including legal, narrative, poetic, and prophetic texts. The violent […]
Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at 8 pm via Zoom From Sanctuary to Synagogue Robert Stieglitz, Rutgers University This illustrated lecture details the origins of the synagogue and its decorative arts. This religious institution and its practice have roots that can be traced back to the Biblical traditions of the “sanctuary”(miškan), also known as the Tabernacle, […]
Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at 8 pm EST via Zoom The House of the Sun-Disc Susan Redford, Penn State University For reasons only dimly perceived, the Pharaoh Akhenaten of Egypt in the 14th century B.C. carried Egypt unexpectedly into a stage of religious thought we can only call “monotheism”. The lecture will present some of the […]
Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at 8 pm EST via Zoom What Recent Excavations Reveal About the Formation of Ancient Israel James W. Hardin, Mississippi State University Recent archaeological finds attending the formation of ancient Israel and Judah, especially during the putative times of David and Solomon, have ignited a debate about the history of the […]