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

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

Inventing the Sumerians: Language, Literature & Politics in Early Mesopotamia Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 8 PM EST via Zoom Gonzalo Rubio Pennsylvania State University Scholars and the public alike often use the label “Sumerians” when they refer to those responsible for the development of the earliest city-states in southern Mesopotamia.  There was, however, no […]

The Real Lives of Women in Biblical Times

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 8 pm EST via Zoom The Real Lives of Women in Biblical Times Beth Alpert Nakhai, University of Arizona The Hebrew Bible (Tanakh/Old Testament) is filled with stories about women, but no single story provides a complete picture of women’s lives – nor is any biblical woman meant to be […]

From Sanctuary to Synagogue

This illustrated lecture details the origins of the synagogue and its decorative arts

The Fugitive Hero Stories in the Bible and the Ancient Near East

These foundational stories all tell of a person who is compelled to flee their native land.

Archaeology in Israel: Where the Past Meets the Present

This presentation will analyze findings at several ancient key sites in Israel to illustrate the intersection between the discoveries there and the pressures of the modern world.

The Desert Fortresses of Ptolemaic Egypt

Wednesday, February 10, 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 […]