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.

BABATHA’S SISTERS — JUDAEAN WOMEN REFUGEES IN THE WILDERNESS CAVES
Joan Taylor

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 at 6:15 pm (GMT)

Note the later than usual starting time of this lecture, which will be coming live from New Zealand.

Hand holding coins and Spindle whorls from a Judean desert cave
Coins and Spindle whorls of the Bar Kokhba period, found in a Judean desert cave in 1961. Photo courtesy of Judith Brown.

In the aftermath of the Bar Kokhba Revolt of 135 CE, refugee Judaeans hid and perished in caves by the Dead Sea, hunted by Romans. It seems from the artefact record that many were women, their clothing, cosmetics, jewellery boxes and wooden bowls preserved in the dry conditions. Even some texts survived, providing a rare glimpse into the life of Babatha.

But what about the others?

One of the hideouts, the ‘Christmas Cave’, was excavated by a British team in 1961-63. Yet their discoveries were caught in the aftermath of the Six-Day War and international disagreements, and have remained unknown — until now.

Professor Taylor will be speaking about her work to rediscover this excavation, and what the site can tell us about women’s lives during those troubled times.

Joan Taylor is Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism at King’s College London, and winner of the Irene Levi-Sala Prize for a study of Israel’s archaeology for her book Christians and the Holy Places (1993).

She has authored numerous books and articles, including The Immerser: John the Baptist within Second Temple Judaism (1997) and The Essenes, the Scrolls and the Dead Sea (2006).

This talk is free to members and non-members of the Society. Please confim your attendance by email to: secretary@aias.org.uk. A Zoom link will be sent to you 48 hours before the event.

NEW INSIGHTS ON EGYPTIAN AND PALESTINIAN JEWS FROM THE NEWLY PUBLISHED FOURTH VOLUME OF THE CORPUS PAPYRORUM JUDAICARUM
Noah Hacham and Tal Ilan

Wednesday, 21 April 2021 at 5:00 pm (GMT)

MORE THAN JUST MOSAICS
Jodi Magness

Thursday, 6 May 2021, at 5:00 pm (GMT)

DIGGING UP ARMAGEDDON
Eric Cline

Thursday, 3 June at 5:00 pm (GMT)

MASADA SYMPOSIUM

To be rescheduled

This special event is under development, and we expect it to take place in 2021; the venue and guest speakers will be announced in due course. Please check back again for more information.

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