Two D.C.-Area Archaeology Events

The Washington, D.C.-area Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia (BASONOVA) and Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) will host the lecture “Egypt and Canaan—A Political and Cultural Encounter” (November 20) and the lecture “What Do Ancient Documents Tell Us About the People Who Lived At Hazor?” (November 21). Not in the D.C. area? The Biblical Archaeology Society offers a wide range of travel/study programs in the United States and across the globe.

egypt-canaanOn Sunday, November 20, 2016, Daphna Ben-Tor, Curator of Egyptian Archaeology at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, will deliver the lecture “Egypt and Canaan—A Political and Cultural Encounter.”

The story of Egypt and Canaan recalls for most people the Biblical accounts of Joseph and Moses in the Books of Genesis and Exodus. Yet, the captivating story of the reciprocal relationship between these ancient civilizations is missing from these stories and remains largely unknown.

This history begins ca. 3100 B.C.E. with the founding of Egyptian commercial colonies in southwestern Canaan, and ends ca. 1130 B.C.E.—just after the sunset of the Bronze Age—with the collapse of the Egyptian empire in Canaan.

Accompanying this presentation are rich illustrations of material evidence drawn from the massive “Egypt in Canaan” exhibit curated by Daphna Ben-Tor, which is currently on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

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In the free eBook Ancient Israel in Egypt and the Exodus, top scholars discuss the historical Israelites in Egypt and archaeological evidence for and against the historicity of the Exodus.

deborahOn Monday, November 21, 2016, Amnon Ben-Tor, Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Director of Excavations at Hazor, will deliver the lecture “What Do Ancient Documents Tell Us About the People Who Lived At Hazor?”

Hazor was strategically located in Canaan on ancient trade routes from the north, east and west. According to the Bible, the Israelites under Joshua burned Hazor; later, it was rebuilt by the Canaanites. At the advice of the prophetess Deborah it was taken by Barak, who went forth against the Canaanite king Sisera, who had 900 iron chariots and had ruthlessly oppressed the Israelites for 20 years. The result was one of the most remarkable victories for Israel recorded in the Bible.

Hazor is now the largest archaeological site in Israel. Documents discovered at Hazor, and some discovered in other places, shed a vivid light on various aspects of life of the inhabitants of Hazor, the major metropolis referred to in the Bible as “the Head of all Those Kingdoms” (Joshua 11:10). Ancient practices of law, education, economy, culture and international relations come to life in these texts as described by Hazor excavations director Amnon Ben Tor.

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In Hazor: Canaanite Metropolis, Israelite City, a new popular summary of 30 excavation seasons by long-time Hazor dig director Amnon Ben-Tor, discover ancient Hazor’s remarkable history.


Related reading in Bible History Daily:

The Exodus: Fact or Fiction?
When Egyptian Pharaohs Ruled Bronze Age Jerusalem
Hazor Excavations’ Amnon Ben-Tor Reveals Who Conquered Biblical Canaanites
Rare Egyptian Sphinx Fragment Discovered at Hazor


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