BIBLE HISTORY DAILY

Two D.C.-Area Biblical Archaeology Events

The Washington, D.C.-area Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia (BASONOVA) and Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) will be hosting a guided tour of a Greek Orthodox Church (October 4) and a lecture titled “Exodus: Myth or History?” (October 20) in the upcoming weeks. 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.


basonova-greek-churchOn Sunday, October 4, BASONOVA members and guests will visit Saint Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church (Falls Church, VA) during its Fall Festival. Guests are invited to attend the festival bazaar and purchase samples of the delicious food served by parishioners. At 3 pm, Father Costa Pavlakos will begin a tour of Saint Katherine’s, beginning in the sanctuary. As part of the tour, he will discuss the procession of the Church service and speak about the history of the church and its unique martyrology.

Saint Katherine, who lived in Alexandria, Egypt during the fourth century C.E., was the daughter of the ruler Constus and she was said to have been very beautiful and unequaled in kindness. When Saint Katherine refused the edict of Emperor Maxentius to reject Christianity, she was sentenced to a deadly torture known as “the wheel.” Yet when Katherine was placed in the device with sharp blades, the wheels broke loose and killed many pagans.

The Emperor had Katherine beheaded on November 25th around the year 305, making her a martyr. Her body was lifted by heavenly angels and taken to Mount Sinai. A band of monks later discovered her body and built a monastery near the spot of discovery. St. Katherine’s was one of the voices heard by St. Joan of Arc. Her relics are enshrined in the monastery of Saint Katherine on Mount Sinai.

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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.


baf-exodusOn Tuesday, October 20, English Egyptologist and best-selling author David Rohl will present the latest findings from Goshen in Egypt’s Eastern Delta that he believes confirm the Exodus tradition. The dating of this archaeological evidence is two hundred years earlier than the reign of Ramesses II; his reign is the time when most scholars place the Exodus story, yet is a period when no evidence for an Exodus has been found. This absence of evidence in support of the Ramesses Exodus Theory has led many scholars and some influential rabbis—unfairly, in Rohl’s view—to reject the Exodus tradition as genuine history.

Following Rohl’s illustrated presentation, archaeologist Eric Cline and epigrapher Christopher Rollston, both of the George Washington University, and Egyptologist Betsy Bryan of Johns Hopkins University will offer their critiques of Rohl’s findings and interpretations and suggest whether or not Rohl’s theory should impact the historicity of the Exodus story. Sparks may fly!

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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.


 

Related reading in Bible History Daily:

Exodus in the Bible and the Egyptian Plagues

Who Was Moses? Was He More than an Exodus Hero?

Out of Egypt: Israel’s Exodus Between Text and Memory, History and Imagination

Searching for Biblical Mt. Sinai


 

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4 Responses

  1. Taiwo Mike Idowu says:

    i enjoy the Bible Archaeology, i still need more of it. Thanks.

  2. ilan bergman says:

    Rohl is a revisionist both of Chronology and Biblical text. He compares apples and oranges and to him they are the same since they are both a fruit no matter what their chemical composition or that one needs to be peeled and one can be eaten straight of. His tale of Saul as some King Labaya which omits so much of the events of Sauls life, an inconvenience to his theory I suppose, that I read a totally different set of events regarding Israels first monarch.

  3. Mervyn Kersh says:

    What is known of Pharoah Thom, the last king of the 12th D who was drowned in the Reed Sea (as related in Exodus)? The next 5 dynasties were Amalekite/Hyksos/Amu ones, who entered, and took over, the devastated Egypt after the Exodus Plagues as the Israelites were escaping.

  4. Kurt says:

    Authenticity of the Exodus Account. An objection against the Exodus account has been that the Pharaohs of Egypt did not make any record of the Exodus. However, this is not unusual, for kings of more modern times have recorded only their victories and not their defeats and have often tried to erase anything historical that is contrary to their personal or nationalistic image or to the ideology they are trying to inculcate in their people. Even in recent times rulers have tried to obliterate the works and reputations of their predecessors. Anything regarded as embarrassing or distasteful was left out of Egyptian inscriptions or effaced as soon as possible. An example is the chiseling away by her successor, Thutmose III, of the name and representation of Queen Hatshepsut on a stone monumental record uncovered at Deir al-Bahri in Egypt.
    http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1200272060

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4 Responses

  1. Taiwo Mike Idowu says:

    i enjoy the Bible Archaeology, i still need more of it. Thanks.

  2. ilan bergman says:

    Rohl is a revisionist both of Chronology and Biblical text. He compares apples and oranges and to him they are the same since they are both a fruit no matter what their chemical composition or that one needs to be peeled and one can be eaten straight of. His tale of Saul as some King Labaya which omits so much of the events of Sauls life, an inconvenience to his theory I suppose, that I read a totally different set of events regarding Israels first monarch.

  3. Mervyn Kersh says:

    What is known of Pharoah Thom, the last king of the 12th D who was drowned in the Reed Sea (as related in Exodus)? The next 5 dynasties were Amalekite/Hyksos/Amu ones, who entered, and took over, the devastated Egypt after the Exodus Plagues as the Israelites were escaping.

  4. Kurt says:

    Authenticity of the Exodus Account. An objection against the Exodus account has been that the Pharaohs of Egypt did not make any record of the Exodus. However, this is not unusual, for kings of more modern times have recorded only their victories and not their defeats and have often tried to erase anything historical that is contrary to their personal or nationalistic image or to the ideology they are trying to inculcate in their people. Even in recent times rulers have tried to obliterate the works and reputations of their predecessors. Anything regarded as embarrassing or distasteful was left out of Egyptian inscriptions or effaced as soon as possible. An example is the chiseling away by her successor, Thutmose III, of the name and representation of Queen Hatshepsut on a stone monumental record uncovered at Deir al-Bahri in Egypt.
    http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1200272060

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