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.org.uk details as to how to pay by credit card.

All our lectures are currently being held online, via Zoom.


THREE DECADES OF EXCAVATIONS AT BETHSAIDA
Rami Arav

Thursday, 20th January 2022 at 5:00 pm (Greenwich Mean Time)
Stone stele at et-Tel, ancient Bethsaida (Image courtesy of Chmee2, CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons).

Bethsaida on the northern Sea of Galilee is frequently mentioned in the Gospels by Josephus and in Rabbinic literature. The city was settled on and off between the 10th century BCE and the 4th century CE.

In the 10th century BCE, the site served as the capital of the Aramean kingdom of Geshur. Excavations of these phases have revealed a stunning succession of city gates, high places with pagan stele representing the moon god of Haran, a granary and a Neo-Hittite style palace. This city was destroyed in 920 BC.

Only fifty years after this destruction, Bethsaida’s size peaked, boasting the largest biblical-era city gate ever found in Israel. But conquest by the Assyrian King Tiglath Pileser III in 732 BCE brought all this to an end. A few centuries later, Phoenician settlement continued, then around 100 BCE, the Hasmoneans conquered the site. In 60 CE Herod the Great’s son, Philip, granted the newly named Julias the status of a Greek city and built a temple and new walls.

Rami Arav is a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the
University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has been directing the excavations of biblical Bethsaida Since 1987, and is the co-author of the four-volume book, Bethsaida, a City by the Northern Shores of the Sea of Galilee.

This talk will be held online and is free to members and non-members of the Society. Email us at secretary@aias.org.uk to confirm your attendance. A zoom link will be circulated c. 48 hours before the event.

NEW LIGHT ON IRON AGE AND PERSIAN PERIOD JERUSALEM
Yuval Gadot

Thursday, 17 February 2022 at 5:00 pm (Greenwich Mean Time)
Excavations below the Giv’ati Parking Lot in relation to Temple Mount/Haram e Sharif
(courtesy of City of David Archive, photo by Yair Izbozky).

Jerusalem is perhaps the most excavated place in the world and yet the ancient city’s size and location are still under debate.

Recent finds from the Western slope of the Southeastern ridge shed new light on the wealth of Jerusalem’s elite during the 7th century BCE, the city’s destruction, and its revival during the 6th and 5th centuries BCE.

This lecture will present the results of recent excavations and demonstrate the impact of applying exact and life science methodologies on our knowledge of the city’s history.

Professor Yuval Gadot is Head of the Jacob M. Alkow Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel-Aviv University. He was the field director of the Tel-Aviv and Heidelberg Universities’ joint expedition at Ramat Rahel. From 2013 he has led TAU’s excavations in the core of ancient Jerusalem and its hinterland. He is the author of numerous articles and excavations reports.

The talk is free to members and non-members. Please confirm your attendance by email to: secretary@aias.org.uk. A Zoom link will be shared around 48 hours before the event.

DID RABBIS WRITE DOWN THE MISHNAH? ORALITY AND WRITING IN THE JEWISH WORLD IN LATE ANTIQUITY
Philip Alexander

Tuesday, 15 March 2022 at 5:00 pm (Greenwich Mean Time)
Professor Philip Alexander in the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester.