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.

Our regular lectures are currently being held online, via Zoom.


HEROD THE GREAT: KING OF JUDAEA AND KING OF THE JEWS
Martin Goodman

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

This is our annual Richard R.D. Barnett Memorial Lecture, which is being held this year in celebration of the AIAS Diamond Jubilee.

It will be a ticketed event, held in person, and restricted to AIAS members. All members will receive an invitation to this live event in the post. If you are a member and have not received your invitation, please contact us at secretary@aias.org.uk.

Professor Martin Goodman
Professor Martin Goodman

THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT TO BAYT AL-MAQDIS IN THE EARLY UMAYYAD PERIOD BY MU’ĀWIYA 638-680
Beatrice St Laurent

Thursday 16 June 2022 at 5:00 pm (BST)

This lecture will explore the early Islamic monuments of Umayyad Jerusalem, including the first mosque, Dome of the Rock, Dome of the Chain, various city gates and rebuilding of the sanctuary walls — all of which helped recast Jerusalem in its new role as the Umayyad capital.

It will also show how monuments previously attributed to Caliph ‘Abd al-Malik (685-705) should be re-dated to the first Umayyad Commander of the Faithful, Mu‘āwiya, between 638 and 680 AD, giving us a new understanding of this key period in the development of the site.

Dr. Beatrice St. Laurent is Professor of Art History at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. She has written extensively on the Dome of the Rock and the Haram al-Sharif, with her latest book, co-authored with Isam Awwad, due to be published in 2023: Capitalizing Jerusalem: Mu‘āwiya’s Urban Vision 638-680.

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.

Dome of the Rock
Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem. Image by Idobi (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license)

FOOD AND ALCOHOL IN THE HEBREW BIBLE
Rebekah Welton

Thursday 14 July 2022 at 5:00 pm (BST)