Lectures – Forthcoming

MONDAY 16th APRIL 2018
PROFESSOR CLAUDINE DAUPHIN
LOST BEYOND THE RIVER:
WHERE WERE THE JEWS OF LATE ANTIQUE TRANSJORDAN?

 6:00 PM – Institute of Archaeology, University College London, Lecture Theatre G6 (Ground Floor),
31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY

Drawing by C. Dauphin of carved menorah in reuse in Byzantine church excavated in 2016
by Abila Archaeological Project, John Brown University

According to Rabbinic literature, the lands East of the River Jordan – Biblical Ammon, Moab and Edom – lay within the boundaries of the ‘‘Land of Israel”. Archaeologically however, there is a mysterious blank for late antique Jewish communities in the region, particularly in Southern Jordan. The lecturer puts forward a tantalizing hypothesis, bridging the ‘‘gap’’ between textual sources and archaeological reality. She uses Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Landscape Archaeology, drawing on her own project on ‘‘Fallahin and Nomads’’ (affiliated to the Council for British Research in the Levant).

Claudine Dauphin is Honorary Professor in Archaeology and Theology at the University of Trinity St David’s, Lampeter. Since 1975, she has directed Byzantine excavations for the Israel Antiquities Authority and she has applied British methods of Landscape Archaeology to the Golan in Late Antiquity.

This lecture will be held in memory of Professor Yoram Tsafrir

refreshments will be served after the lecture

Organised jointly with The Institute of Archaeology,
University College, London


THURSDAY 3rd MAY 2018 and THURSDAY 10th MAY 2018
PROFESSOR JODI MAGNESS
(University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
SAMSON IN STONE: NEW DISCOVERIES IN THE ANCIENT SYNAGOGUE AT HUQOQ IN ISRAEL’S GALILEE

6.00 PM – THURSDAY 3rd MAY 2018
King’s College London, Lecture Theatre 2, Bush House,
30 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BG

and

7.30PM – THURSDAY 10th MAY 2018
South Manchester Synagogue, The Firs, Bowdon,
Cheshire WA14 2TE

Image from the Huqoq mosaic - courtesy of Jodi Magness
Image from the Huqoq mosaic – courtesy of Jodi Magness

Since 2011, Professor Jodi Magness has been directing excavations in the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee.  These have brought to light the remains of a monumental Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue building paved with stunning and unique mosaics, including biblical scenes and the first non-biblical story ever discovered decorating an ancient synagogue.  In this slide-illustrated lecture, Professor Magness describes these exciting finds, including the discoveries made in last summer’s season. For more information visit www.huqoq.org

Jodi Magness is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is the author of numerous books and articles on the archaeology of ancient Palestine, including on Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Jerusalem, Masada and the Roman army in the East, ancient pottery, and ancient synagogues.

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to reserve a seat for both lectures.
Please reserve your seat for the London lecture here.
For the Manchester lecture, please reserve your seat here. 

The London venue is in collaboration with the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London, followed by refreshments


 

WEDNESDAY 9th MAY 2018
PROFESSOR JODI MAGNESS
(University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
OSSUARIES AND THE BURIALS OF JESUS AND JAMES

7.30 PM – Belsize Square Synagogue, 51 Belsize Square,
London NW3 4HX

Ossuary

In 2002, an ossuary inscribed ‘James son of Joseph brother of Jesus’ surfaced in the hands of a private collector. A few years later, a Discovery Channel documentary and related book claimed that the tomb of Jesus and his family has been found in Jerusalem. In this slide-illustrated lecture, we examine the validity of these sensational claims in light of archaeological and historical evidence for ancient Jewish tombs and burial customs in Jerusalem, including the burials of Jesus and his brother James.


 

MONDAY 25th JUNE 2018 (AGM Lecture)
The Society’s AGM commences at 5.00pm preceding the lecture
PROFESSOR SARAH PEARCE
(University of Southampton)
FRESH LIGHT ON CLEOPATRA

6:00 PM – Institute of Archaeology, University College London, Lecture Theatre G6 (Ground Floor),
31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY

refreshments will be served after the lecture

Organised jointly with The Institute of Archaeology,
University College, London