Free lectures featuring some of today's most prominent archaeologists are held throughout the year.
December 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
"The Emergence of Israel in the Land of Canaan"
Avraham Faust, Professor of Archaeology, Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University
The date, nature of, and stimulus behind the emergence of Israel have become some of the most hotly debated topics in biblical archaeology. In the past, most scholars identified the inhabitants of the Iron Age I (ca. 1200-1000 BCE) highland settlements as "Israelites" and, by extension, understood the material remains discovered there as ethnic markers pointing to this specific group. Recently, more skeptical approaches to both the study of ethnicity and the historical reliability of the Bible have cast greater and greater doubt over this identification. While some some scholars now label the highland settlers "proto-Israelites," others have denied any association between these villagers and the Israelites and have abandoned altogether traditional interpretations concerning Israel's formative years. The Israelites, they say, emerged as an identifiable ethnic group only much later, during the ninth or even eighth century BCE. This lecture will briefly review the debate and will then outline a new and different archaeological approach to the study of Israel's emergence in Canaan. As a major participant in this debate, Professor Avraham Faust has authored a series of important books in which he seeks answers to the most vexing questions surrounding the appearance of Israel on the historical stage. His works include Israelite Society in the Period of the Monarchy: An Archaeological Perspective (2005; Hebrew), Israel's Ethnogenesis: Settlement, Interaction, Expansion and Resistance (Approaches to Anthropological Archaeology) (2006), and The Archaeology of Israelite Society in the Iron Age 2 (2012). Come hear this renowned scholar and director of the Tel 'Eton Excavations discuss the early history of the cultural group that is at the center of the biblical narrative.
This lecture continues our series on peoples of the biblical world. The Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology will be open from 6:30-7:15 p.m. and after the lecture. The lecture and reception to follow are free and open to the public.
April 14, 2015 7:30 p.m. Elizabeth Wayland Barber will discuss "Weaving and Women's Work in the Ancient World."
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