Biblical archaeology lecture presented by Dr. Eric Cline
On Sunday, January 11, 2015, the Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) and the Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia (BASONOVA) will sponsor the lecture “The Collapse of Civilizations in 1177 B.C. and the Emergence of Israel” by Dr. Eric Cline of the George Washington University. The lecture will be hosted at B’nai Israel Congregation.
During the Late Bronze Age, the Mediterranean region hosted a complex international world in which Egyptians, Mycenaeans, Minoans, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Cypriots and Canaanites all interacted, creating a cosmopolitan and globalized world-system.
This internationalism may have contributed to the apocalyptic disaster that ended the Bronze Age. After centuries of cultural and technological evolution, the international world of large empires and small kingdoms came to a dramatic halt. With their end came the world’s first recorded Dark Ages.
With their end also came opportunities for new peoples to establish themselves, including the Israelites. This lecture will show how the Israelites benefited from the devastated Egyptians’ withdrawal from Canaan, and how both the Egyptian retrenchment and subsequent power vacuum provided the Israelite peoples the space they needed to become a nation.
“The Collapse of Civilizations in 1177 B.C. and the Emergence of Israel,” presented by Dr. Eric Cline
B’nai Israel Congregation
January 11, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
6301 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852
Reservations are not required. Fees per lecture are: free – BAF subscribers, high school students; $5 – college students, CES Life Communities, B’nai Israel congregants; $8 – BASONOVA & JCCGW members; $10 – the general public. For more information, please contact [email protected].
BAS Library Members: Not able to make the lecture? Watch Eric Cline deliver the lecture “1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed” in the BAS Library.
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