Forthcoming Lectures

As you will be aware, all charities are going through hard times during the Covid-19 pandemic and the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society is no exception. Although we do not charge for our lectures, any contribution to the general costs of the Society would be more than welcome, particularly from non-members.

Anyone who would like to make a donation, large or small, can send an email to:  secretary@aias.co.uk for details as to how to pay by credit card.

OLD, BUT STILL TOPICAL: THE DISPUTE BETWEEN DRIVER AND SAYCE ON BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Hugh Williamson

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 at 5:00 pm (British Summer Time)

T he closing decades of the 19th century were a time when many of the most famous finds associated with ‘Biblical Archaeology’ were discovered. Two prominent scholars in Oxford, one the Professor of Assyriology and the other the Regius Professor of Hebrew, both changed their views on how these finds should be related to the Bible and effectively established two distinct approaches to this subject, both still very much debated.

Reviewing this old story suggests a middle way forward, which might take some of the heat out of this continuing debate.

Hugh Williamson was Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford University until his retirement in 2014. During his career he participated in excavations at Lachish and Jezreel and he has always taken an interest in the relationship between archaeology and the Bible. He was chair of the AIAS for 19 years, up to 2010. He was also Chairman of the Committee of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem at a time when it was facing pressure to close; with the help of others, this decision was eventually reversed, and it since gone from strength to strength as the Kenyon Institute.

This online talk is free to members and non-members of the Society. Registration for this event is now open.

Attendees should note that the lecture will be recorded and available on the AIAS website shortly after the event. By accessing the lecture, individuals are giving their express consent to have their image (should this be visible during the lecture and subsequent Q & A) and/or any other means of identification recorded and made public.

WORK AND WORTH: WOMEN’S HOUSEHOLD ACTIVITIES IN ANCIENT ISRAEL
Carol Meyers

Thursday, 11 November 2021

This online talk is free to members and non-members of the Society. Registration for this event will open closer to the date.

Oven and grinding tools from Israel, on display in Museum of the Bible, Washington.
Clay oven and grinding tools on display in the Museum of the Bible, Washington. Photograph by Carol Meyers.
Thursday, 11 November 2021 at 5:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)

AGRIPPA II: THE LAST OF THE HERODS
David Jacobson

Thursday, 16 December 2021. Time to be confirmed
View of the site of Gamla
Gamala/Gamla: A town in the kingdom of Agrippa II that joined the Jewish Revolt against Rome. Photography by David Jacobson.

Joint AIAS/UCL Institute of Jewish Studies lecture. This online talk is free to members and non-members of the Society. Registration for this event will open closer to the date.

MASADA SYMPOSIUM

Date to be determined

This special event is under development; the venue and guest speakers will be announced in due course. Please check back again later for more information.

View of Masada
View of Masada (courtesy of Andrew Shiva / Wikimedia Commons)