Award-Winning Author Shares Fresh View of A Holy City Hotspot in BAS Scholars Series


Peter Megginson, Travel/Study Manager
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 2, 2023)—The BAS Scholars Series continues March 5 at 3 pm Eastern with the live, online presentation of Holy City Hotspot: Exploring Jerusalem’s Acropolis by award-winning journalist and author Andrew Lawler.

At the heart of Jerusalem lies the enormous platform that Jews call the Temple Mount and Muslims name the Noble Sanctuary. Created by a succession of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim rulers, it has more recently emerged as a central stage for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. What do we know about the development of the city’s acropolis? New research provides a fresh view on the evolution of this important and disputed ancient site.

Lawler is author of three books, Under Jerusalem: The Buried History of the World’s Most Contested City, The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke, a national bestseller, and Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?: The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization.

As a journalist, Lawler has written more than a thousand newspaper and magazine articles from more than two dozen countries. His byline has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and many others.

The BAS Scholars Series is a quarterly program of BAS, the Biblical Archaeology Society, a nonprofit educational organization that bridges the gap between academia and the public in the field of biblical archaeology. Each hour-long talk via Zoom is $10 and focuses on a subject of the speaker’s expertise in archaeology and the Bible.

To register for this event and other BAS Travel/Study offerings, go to its award-winning website:

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