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Message from
the Executive Director
Just last week, I was lecturing for the Biblical Archaeology Society in San Diego. To my surprise, the head of the Society invited me after the lecture to join a panel discussion with the noted archaeologist and editor, David Noel Freedman. A questioner asked us which recent archaeological development we thought most significant for the study of the Bible. Noel referred to a signet ring inscribed with the name of the mother of Sisera (made famous by the Song of Deborah in Judges 5). Those of you who followed the series on the Bible last year (more . . .)

Center for the Study of
James the Brother

The overwhelming support evinced by the standing-room-only attendance at the Center's inaugural lecture by Sean Freyne was remarkable. It is wonderful to note the interest by our members and friends in the topic of James, the Brother of Jesus, and we hope to offer additional programs in the near future. (more . . . )

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occurrence and look to all of you for help. Please advise us if there are any topics of interest you would like to share or, indeed, hear more about in this format. Please e-mail your comments and suggestions to iat@bard.edu. Thank you!

Join the members of the Bard Chaplaincy on Sunday, December 2, at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Innocents, for the annual Festival of Lights. Participants include Rev. Bruce Chilton, Rev. Ginger Grab, Father Paul Murray, Imam Salahuddin M. Muhammad, Rabbi Larry Troster, as well as Buddhist meditators, The Circle (Wiccan group), and the Sanskriteers. (about the Chaplaincy)


Having studied the religious diversity of our area, students from Kristen Scheible's class, present their research on world religions in the Hudson Valley. Their presentations are modeled on a template engineered by the Pluralism Project (headquartered at Harvard University). Friday, December 21, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Preston Hall, For additional information, call 845-758-7207 or e-mail scheible@bard.edu. (About the Religion Program)


For those of you who are interested in viewing the 2008 Trinity confernce, you may do so via your computer and logging on to their website. Or, if you prefer, the IAT has arranged to have this broadcast at the College, at the request of IAT member, Betsy Hamilton. (more . . . )


The Institute is pleased to present a discussion and book signing in honor of volumes edited by our own Bruce Chilton and Jacob Neusner. On Tuesday, February 5, (snow date February 12), we'll celebrate the publication of Professor Neusner's Encyclopedia of Religious and Philosophical Writings in Late Antiquity and Professor Chilton's The Cambridge Companion to the Bible. (more. . . )


This spring the Rev. Dr. Bruce Chilton offers a series of lectures on the topic, "Prophecy, Social Justice, and the Vision of God." These will meet on Wednesdays, February 13 through March 12. (more. . . )

The Golden Rule
in the Religions of the World
Spring 2008 IAT Conference
This spring the Institute offers a three-day conference exploring the way the Golden Rule is interpreted in world religions. Organized by Professors Chilton and Neusner, the conference is begins on Tuesday, April 15, through Thursday, April 17.(more . . . )