Lectures – Forthcoming

WEDNESDAY 26th APRIL 2017

PROFESSOR DAVID JACOBSON

(University College, London)

THE PEF AND ITS PHOTOGRAPHS OF JERUSALEM

6:00pm–Institute of Archaeology, Lecture Theatre G6, Ground Floor, University College London,
31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY, followed by refreshments

The Tomb of Absalom
The Tomb of Absalom and Mount of Olives, Jerusalem (Francis Bedford, 1862)

The Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF), founded in 1865 and the oldest society for the study of the southern Levant, holds an outstanding collection of photographs of the region going back to the 1850s. They include those taken by James McDonald for the Ordnance Survey of Jerusalem in 1864-65. Photography was conspicuous in every PEF expedition. Following a brief outline of the PEF and its founders, the lecture will illustrate the Fund’s holdings of early views of Jerusalem and their significance today.

David Jacobson held the Chair in Manufacturing Technologies at Buckinghamshire New University and is Honorary Research Fellow in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL. A member of the Executive Committee of the PEF for more than two decades, he edited its journal, the PEQ, from 2009 to 2015, restoring it to a quarterly publication. Most recent among his many books and articles are Antioch & Jerusalem: the Seleucids and Maccabees in Coins (2015) and Distant Views of the Holy Land with Felicity Cobbing (2015).


MONDAY 8th MAY 2017

DR BRIAN JANEWAY

(Tell Tayinat Archaeological Project)

FINDING THE PHILISTINES: CERAMIC EVIDENCE OF THE
NORTHERN 
SEA PEOPLES AT TELL TAYINAT

6.00 pm – Institute of Archaeology, Lecture Theatre G6, Ground Floor, University College London,31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY

The discovery of the Kingdom of Palastin, with its putative capital at Tell Tayinat in the Amuq Valley in Turkey, has heightened interest in the migration phenomenon of Sea Peoples during the 12th century BC. Several hieroglyphic Luwian inscriptions found in the region provide written evidence of this kingdom. This lecture presents the results of a formal stylistic analysis of a distinctive painted pottery excavated at the site, that includes forms familiar to Aegean-type assemblages found elsewhere and a repertoire of revealing painted motifs. Were these newly-arrived settlers the Philistines, infamous as invaders of Egypt and enemies of Biblical Israel?

Dr. Brian Janeway works as an independent researcher on the Tell Tayinat Archaeological Project sponsored by the University of Toronto, Canada. In addition to Turkey, he has participated in excavations in Israel at Tell Hazor, Tell Rehov, and Khirbet al-Makater. His analysis of the LH IIIC pottery assemblage at Tayinat forms the basis of his recently published book, Sea Peoples of the North? Aegean-Style Pottery from Early Iron Age Tell Tayinat). Brian makes his living as a pilot with American Airlines.

Organised jointly with Institute of Archaeology, University College London, followed by refreshments.


MONDAY 22nd MAY 2017

PROFESSOR YOSEF GARFINKEL

(The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

THE QUEST FOR THE HISTORICAL KING DAVID: NEW LIGHT

FROM KHIRBET QEIYAFA AND KHIRBET EL RAI

7.00pm, Manchester Jewish Museum, 190 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M8 8LW

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Khirbet Qeiyafa
Khirbet Qeiyafa and Valley of Elah, courtesy of Prof Garfinkel

Since the early 1980s doubts have been cast on the descriptions of King David in the biblical tradition. Some scholars claim that he is purely a literary and mythological figure, others that he was just a local tribal leader. Even Jerusalem had not yielded any clear archaeological data on the King David era. This situation had been changed completely with the excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa (2007-2013) and the ongoing excavations at Khirbet el Rai. The lecture will concentrate on the major finds from Khirbet Qeiyafa and how they have transformed our knowledge.

Yosef Garfinkel is Yigael Yadin Professor of Archaeology of the Land of Israel at the Institute of Archaeology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From 2007 to 2013 he excavated the then unknown site of Khirbet Qeiyafa. This turned out to be the first known fortified city in Judah, from the time of King David, showing that in ca. 1000 BC the area had been transferred from tribal communities into a state. Since 2013 Yossi has been excavating at Tel Lachish, the second most important city in Biblical Judah, after Jerusalem.


MONDAY 5th JUNE 2017

PROFESSOR AYELET GILBOA

(University of Haifa)

THE EMERGENCE OF ANCIENT ISRAEL AND ITS NEIGHBOURS: ARCHAEOLOGY, HISTORY AND BIBLE

6.00pm – Institute of Archaeology, Lecture Theatre G6, Ground Floor, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY

Tel Dor
The Phoenician Site of Tel Dor and the 11th century BCE Wenamun Papyrus (Image courtesy of Ayelet Gilboa)

Around 1200 BCE all economic/political structures in the Ancient Near East dramatically collapsed and in the following so called ‘dark age’ several new identities were forged. We will follow these transformations in the Levant, especially the emergence of ancient Israel and its relation to the birth of the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Beyond Israel, the consolidation of its neighbours – the Philistines and Phoenicians – since, as usual, neighbouring identities rise in contradistinction to each other.

Professor Ayelet Gilboa is former Chair of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Haifa, where she teaches various courses related to the Archaeology of the Near East in the Bronze and Iron Ages, and archaeological theory and practice. She specializes in Coastal archaeology, Phoenicians, Sea People, and Mediterranean interconnections. She co-directs the Tel Dor Excavations and directs the Tel Shikmona Publication Project –  both sites situated on Israel’s Carmel coast.

Organised jointly with the Institute of Jewish Studies, University College, London

followed by refreshments


MONDAY 26th JUNE 2017 (AGM Lecture)

PROFESSOR JAMES AITKEN

(University of Cambridge)

LIGHT ON THE JEWS OF PTOLEMAIC EGYPT

6.00pm–Institute of Archaeology, Lecture Theatre G6, Ground Floor, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY

The Society’s AGM commences at 5.00pm preceding the lecture

Mosaic
Mosaic depiction of Hellenistic Egypt-Image: Courtesy of James Aitken

The Ptolemaic era in Egypt (third to first centuries BCE) was a prosperous time for Jews judging by the literary productivity that can be assigned there. Yet, we know little about the Jewish community in this important period. The slim information we have from inscriptions and papyri has now been supplemented by major finds. Placing the new finds in context, the lecture will show how we might construct a renewed appreciation of the place of Jews in Egyptian society.

James Aitken is Reader in Hebrew and Early Jewish Studies at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. His research focuses on Second Temple Judaism, including the use of Hebrew and Greek among Jews. He is currently investigating the origins of the Greek Bible translation in third century BCE Egypt and its place within Egyptian society. Publications include The Semantics of Blessing and Cursing in Ancient Hebrew (2007), No Stone Unturned: Greek Inscriptions and Septuagint Vocabulary (2014) and the T&T Clark Companion to the Septuagint (2015).

Organised jointly with Institute of Archaeology, London

followed by refreshments