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The Institute presents a special four-day seminar, "Archaeology and the History and Religion of Ancient Israel," for current IAT members on March 5-6, and March 13-14. Copresented by the Biblical Archaeology Society, the Institute is pleased to welcome William Dever, world-renowned archaeologist and author of Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From?, to the Bard campus for this free member seminar.

All lectures will take place in the Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center.

(*No reservations are necessary for the lectures by Professor Dever, however reservations are requested for attendance at the Lenten luncheon lecture series with Professor Chilton.)

Seminar Schedule:

Wednesday, March 5

10:00 - 11:15 a.m. An Orientation to "Biblical Archaeology": History, Aims and Methods

*12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lenten lecture and lunch with Bruce Chilton, multipurpose room ($14/$12 for IAT members)

2:00 -3:15 p.m. Patriarchs and Matriarchs: History or Fiction?

Thursday, March 6

10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From?

2:00 -3:15 p.m. The Rise of the Israelite State: The "United Monarchy"

Wednesday, March 12

10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Religion and Cult: One God or Many?

*12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lenten lecture and lunch with Bruce Chilton, multipurpose room ($14/$12 for IAT members)

2:00 -3:15 p.m. Everyday Life in Biblical Times

Thursday, March 13

10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Israel's Neighbor's in the Light of Recent Archaeological Research

2:00 -3:15 p.m. The Assyrian and Babylonian Destructions: The End of the Beginning?

If you have not already renewed or become a member of the IAT, you can do so now, just click here for further information.

About the Speaker:

World-renowned archaeologist William Dever, professor emeritus of near eastern archaeology and anthropology at the University of Arizona, received his bachelor of arts in religion from Mulligan College and went on to earn degrees in Semitics, Hebrew, and Greek, and Syro-Palestine Archaeology from Butler University, Christian Theological Seminary, and Harvard University respectively.  

Active in the field of biblical archaeology since 1955, Dr. Dever has led and supervised over ten field research and excavation projects in Jordan, Israel, and Gezer. He served as the director of the Harvard Semitic Museum for Hebrew Union College excavations at Gezer from 1966 to 1971.

He has served on the editorial boards of six professional archaeological and biblical journals and has published over 100 works in various periodicals, journals, books, and reviews.  Dr. Dever has spoken in locations from Austria to Washington, and in between, since 1968 and has received over one million dollars in grants since 1966 from various institutions to pursue excavations and workshops in Israel, Gezer, and Europe.  In other professional activities, he has held executive positions in the Archaeological Institute of America, American Oriental Society, and American School of Oriental Research. 

Dr. Dever has been awarded such prestigious honors and fellowships as the P.E. McAllister Field Archeologist Award for distinguished contributions to near eastern archaeology, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, Percia Schimmel Prize for distinction in archaeology, and Charles U. Harris Service Award.