The Desert Fortresses of Ptolemaic Egypt

The Desert Fortresses of Ptolemaic Egypt

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8 pm EST via Zoom The Desert Fortresses of Ptolemaic Egypt Jen Gates-Foster Recent archaeological work in Egypt’s Eastern Desert has revealed a network of fortresses and way stations constructed in the mid-third century BCE by the pharaohs of Ptolemaic Egypt. These military installations were constructed to supply and protect […]

Egyptian Rule and Canaanite Resistance as Seen from Jaffa

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 8 pm EST via Zoom Egyptian Rule and Canaanite Resistance as Seen from Jaffa Aaron Burke, UCLA Excavations of the Egyptian New Kingdom fortress in Jaffa, on the southern side of Tel Aviv, were undertaken from 1956 to 2014. As the only Egyptian fortress that has been excavated in Canaan, […]

Writing on the Wall: Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 8 pm EST via Zoom Writing on the Wall: Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity Karen Stern, State University of New York, Brooklyn Just like their neighbors throughout the eastern and southern Mediterranean, Mesopotamia, Arabia, and Egypt, ancient Jews scribbled and drew graffiti everyplace — in and around markets, hippodromes, theaters, […]

Wandering Arameans in Egypt: New Light on the Samarian and Judean Diaspora

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 8 pm EST via Zoom Wandering Arameans in Egypt: New Light on the Samarian and Judean Diaspora Tawny Holm, Penn State University The Hebrew Bible views Egypt as the location of both slavery and refuge. The “wandering Aramean” ancestor mentioned in Deuteronomy 26:5 was a slave in Egypt, whereas the […]

Sea Peoples in the Promised Land

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 8 pm via Zoom Sea Peoples in the Promised Land Robert Stieglitz, Rutgers University Recent archaeological evidence unearthed in Israel and on Cyprus has shed new light on the Philistines, a leading tribe in the confederation the Egyptians termed ‘Peoples of the Sea’. These Sea Peoples settled along the coasts […]

“Lost Gospels” and Other Christian Apocrypha: New Discoveries and New Perspectives

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm EST via Zoom ”Lost Gospels” and Other Christian Apocrypha: New Discoveries and New Perspectives Tony Burke, York University It is a common misconception (encouraged by intentional sensationalism) that apocryphal Christian texts—such as the Gospel of Thomas or the Acts of Peter—were “lost” before their rediscovery by scholars, revealed sometimes in dramatic […]

Holy Of Holies – An Archaeological Walk Through The Jerusalem Temple

Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 7:30 pm EST via Zoom Destination: Holy Of Holies – An Archaeological Walk Through The Jerusalem Temple Joan Branham, Providence College Co-hosted by B’nai Israel Congregation Co-sponsored by the Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies King Herod designed and built the Jerusalem Temple in the late first century BCE. Herod wanted […]

So You Survived the Mycenaean Collapse – Now What?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 8 pm EST via Zoom So You Survived the Mycenaean Collapse – Now What? Evolving Ways of Life and Death in the Post-palatial Aegean Sarah Murray, University of Toronto One of the great mysteries of prehistory concerns the circumstances surrounding the famous collapse of complex states in the Eastern Mediterranean […]

The Blood-Drenched Sea

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 8 pm EST via Zoom The Blood-Drenched Sea Alfred S. Bradford, University of Oklahoma This presentation will begin with highlighting the only physical representation of an ancient sea battle, memorialized in an Egyptian temple relief. This battle featured an array of Sea Peoples contesting with the naval forces of Pharaoh […]

Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 8 pm via Zoom Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities Peter Schertz, Curator of Ancient Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts The cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus sank into Egypt’s Aboukir Bay some twelve hundred years ago. Once centers of international trade and home to major religious cults […]