Holy Of Holies – An Archaeological Walk Through The Jerusalem Temple
October 25, 2020
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 a grander complex than the Second Temple, hastily constructed after the return from the Babylonian exile. Herod’s Temple lasted less than a century, as it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE.
In its time, Herod’s Temple was, and continues to be, a powerful symbol of sacred space; it continues to influence Judaism and Christianity to this day. It has been emulated, co-opted, exploited, and reinterpreted by religious traditions, from early churches and synagogues to Orlando’s evangelical theme park with its mock Temple recreation.
This illustrated talk will serve as a guide through the Jerusalem Temple by following in the footsteps of the High Priest and worshippers (including Jesus) and navigating the barriers of sanctity and systems of blood, purity, sacrifice, and gender.
Joan Branham is Professor of Art History and Associate Dean, School of Arts and Sciences at Providence College. She is also Chair of the W.F. Albright Institute for Archaeological Research.
BAF and its sister organization in Northern Virginia (BASONOVA), are delighted to announce a joint resumption of their lecture series on the ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean. This series will be broadcast “live” via Zoom, and “attendees” will be able to direct questions of the presenters.
How to Access the Lecture Series
We will announce additions to the line-up of presenters on a regular basis, as it is our aim to offer more than one event each month. Members will also receive a regular listing of recommended lectures in the public domain.
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*Maryland residents will be enrolled in BAF and Virginians will be enrolled in BASONOVA. There is no advantage in enrolling in one group versus the other, only that when in-person lectures begin again you will be apportioned to the group that matches your state of residence.