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Top Scholars come to IWC Archaeology Fall 2017


From Prof. Oded Lipschits to Prof. Israel Finkelstein, this semester at IWC Archaeology in English promises to be an exciting one! The Fall 2017 lectures will be exploring Jerusalem, and the most recent excavations around the holy city could provide some stimulating new perspectives.

If you think you already know all about the complex "mound on the mount" or if you want a thorough intro, come hear the latest research from some of the world's experts.

Prof. Oded Lipschits, Director of the Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University, will be kicking off the seminar with a chronological and historical introduction of Jerusalem. Prof. Lipschits has been deeply involved in reconstructing the historical reality of the Biblical era through decades of intensive research and painstaking analysis of archaeological data. His expertise has grown from his Ph.D dissertation on the Province of Judah in the Babylonian Period to his much-lauded book, The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem and his ongoing excavations at Tel Azekah. Prof. Lipschits is widely recognized as one of the few versatile scholars "who is not only a distinguished expert of Israelite archaeology but also a learned historian of the ancient Near East and even a well-trained biblical scholar" (Rainer Albertz, Universität Münster in Review of Biblical Literature, June 2006).

Finishing off the lecture series will be the internationally acclaimed archaeologist Prof. Israel Finkelstein. Prof. Finkelstein is a professor of archaeology at Tel Aviv University and a leading figure in the archaeology of the Levant. He is a laureate of the prestigious 2005 Dan David Prize and served for many years as the Director of the Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University. Prof. Finkelstein has an impressive publication record including the groundbreaking work, along with co-author Neil Silberman, The Bible Unearthed, which draws on crucial archaeological research to present a provocative perspective on the most famous stories in the Bible. He is recognized for "turning upside down" the study of archaeology at Israeli universities by transforming the scholarly approach to and assessment of archaeological evidence. He is currently co-director of the Megiddo and Kiriath Jearim excavations.

Never one to shy away from controversy or contentious discussions, Prof. Finkelstein will no doubt bring his dynamic and creative style to our last Tuesday morning lecture on Jan. 16.

Registration: 8am, Tuesday 24 October 2017 Place: Gilman Building, Room 282, Tel Aviv University Lectures: 9am – 11:30am with a half-hour break Cost for the semester: 400 NIS, 750 NIS per couple Cost for an individual lecture: NIS 50 Parking: a reduced-rate parking pass will be available FREE upon request

Questions: contact IWC Coordinator Noa Ranzer: 054-590-6573 or Marilyn Ronen: 054-548-2779

See our full list of lectures for more details

Upcoming Tuesday Morning Lectures for Fall 2017 Semester:

24/10 Prof. Oded Lipschits Jerusalem: A Chronological & Geographical Introduction

31/10 Prof. Ronny Reich From the Pool of Siloam to the Temple Mount

7/11 Ms. Shua Kisilevitz The Place He Will Choose “as a Dwelling for His Name” – The Discovery of a Judahite Temple at Moẓa

14/11 Dr. Joe Uziel Wilson's Arch: 2000 Years of History; 200 Years of Research; and 2 Years in the Trenches

21/11 Dr. Nitzan Amitai-Preiss Lovers and Warriors: Islamic Jerusalem from an Archeological Point of View

28/11 Dr. Dafna Langgut Fascinating Information about Jerusalem and the Nearby Environment - Based on Fossil Microbotanical Remains

5/12 Dr. David Gurevich Water and Society: The Water Installations of Jerusalem in the Late Second Temple Period

12/12 Ms. Liora Freud TBA

19/12 Dr. Lidar Sapir-Hen Food and Identity in Ancient Jerusalem

26/12 Ms. Shua Kisilevitz TBA

2/1 Ms. Kinneret Zohar-Lahav The Queens of Jerusalem

9/1 Dr. Beatrice St. Laurent Capitalizing Early Islamic Jerusalem: Mu'awiya's Urban Development of the Haram al-Sharif 638-680

16/1 Prof. Israel Finkelstien TBA



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