The Politics of Genealogies in Second Temple Times

The Politics of Genealogies in Second Temple Times

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 8 pm Eastern via Zoom The Politics of Genealogies in Second Temple Times Deirdre N. Fulton, Baylor University   Genealogies are a prominent feature in biblical literature, particularly in the Torah as well as sacred literature from the postexilic period, namely the books of Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah. This interest […]

Unholy Texts: Biblical Rape Narratives

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 […]

From Sanctuary to Synagogue

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, […]

The House of the Sun-Disc

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 […]

What Recent Excavations Reveal About the Formation of Ancient Israel

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 […]

Warfare and Mercenary Forces in the Age of Amorites

Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at 8 pm EST via Zoom Warfare and Mercenary Forces in the Age of Amorites Aaron Burke, UCLA Warfare on a vast scale across much of the ancient Near East throughout the Middle Bronze Age (2000–1550 B.C.E.) was a major element of the so-called Age of Amorites. Military engagements usually took […]

History of Sparta & How It Triumphed Over Athens

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8 pm Eastern via Zoom History of Sparta & How It Triumphed Over Athens Alfred S. Bradford, University of Oklahoma   The Spartans were once the supreme infantry power in the Greek world. Their enemies usually did not dare to face them in the field and pretty much came into […]

The Destruction of Sacred Texts in Biblical Antiquity

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 8 pm EST via Zoom The Destruction of Sacred Texts in Biblical Antiquity Nathaniel Levtow, University of Montana   The intentional destruction of texts dates back to the beginnings of writing in Mesopotamia and has for millennia been associated with violence against human beings. From the burning of the Talmud […]

Inventing the Sumerians: Language, Literature & Politics in Early Mesopotamia

Inventing the Sumerians: Language, Literature & Politics in Early Mesopotamia.

The Real Lives of Women in Biblical Times

This illustrated presentation uses archaeological resources to explore the lives of Israelite women, helping us place the biblical narratives into their ancient real-life setting.