Duke University to hold ASOR/BAS Seminar on Biblical Archaeology

October 5 - 7, 2012

BAS and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) have teamed up once more to bring you an all-star line-up of Biblical archaeologists and scholars in this thrilling three-day program. Presenting at this exciting program are the ever-popular and celebrated scholars Bart Ehrman and Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Joining them are the future Society of Biblical Literature president Carol Meyers and former ASOR president Eric Meyers, both of Duke University. Four of the greatest powerhouse intellectuals in the field of Biblical studies and archaeology are coming together in this three-day program filled with the excitement of discovery, new ideas and dynamic discussion of some of the most popular topics in the field today.

Dr. Bart D. Ehrman will explore the origins of Christianity and its doctrines, many of which did not originate with the words of Jesus and his early followers. His lecture considers where these doctrines came from and how Christianity came to be the religion it is today.

Dr. Jodi Magness will present the latest archaeological discoveries that illuminate  Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as the burials of Jesus and James by examining burial practices in first century Jerusalem.

Dr. Carol Meyers will discuss the role of modern socio-political contexts in archaeologists’ quest for the past, plus the little known (yet hugely important) world of religious practices in private Israelite households. 

Dr. Eric M. Meyers examines the aftermath of the temple’s destructions in 586 BCE and 70 CE and the impact that Hellenism had upon both Judaism and Christianity.

Founded in 1900, the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) is the preeminent professional organization of archaeologists of Near Eastern history. Its members also include historians, non-specialists, and archaeological enthusiasts. ASOR’s mission is to initiate, encourage, and support research into and the public understanding of, the peoples and cultures of the Near East. See www.asor.org.

The Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) was founded in 1974 as a nonprofit, nondenominational, educational organization dedicated to the dissemination of information about archaeology in Bible lands. In addition to its bi-monthly magazine, Biblical Archaeology Review, BAS has an award-winning web site www.biblicalarchaeology.org



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