New Bible and Archaeology Symposium on Ancient Israel’s Gods, Religion, and Sacred Texts Online this February


Peter Megginson, Travel/Study Manager
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WASHINGTON, DC, January 19, 2023—The Biblical Archaeology Society, publisher of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), a niche consumer magazine, will host a new online event. The BAS Winter Symposium on February 11 will offer live talks on “Gods, Religion, and Sacred Texts in Ancient Israel” from leading Bible scholars and archaeologists via Zoom from 1-5:15 pm Eastern.

Attendees will learn the latest discoveries about the origins, development, and practice of Israelite religion from the Iron Age (1200–586 B.C.E.) through the Exilic period. Presentations and case studies will explore:

· The origins and background of Israel’s god, Yahweh
· Jerusalem, Solomon’s Temple, and “official” Israelite religion
· Everyday religious practice in ancient Israel and Judah
· Art, imagery, and iconography in Israelite religion and worship
· How Israel’s sacred texts evolved during the Babylonian Exile

The leading experts in the field joining us are:

> Theodore J. Lewis, Johns Hopkins University (and winner of a BAS 2021 Publication Award)
> Erin Darby, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (and past lecturer at the BAS St. Olaf Seminar)
> Mary Joan Leith, Stonehill College (and frequent speaker at the BAS Bible & Archaeology Fest)

In addition, Christopher Rollston, renowned scholar of ancient texts, will lead a lively discussion among the scholars, and BAR Editor-in-Chief Glenn J. Corbett will moderate the symposium and give attendees the chance to share their own questions and comments with the presenters.

Early Registration for this event is $79 through January 28, 2023 (Regularly $99); Students: $49. To register online, go to

The Biblical Archaeology Society founded in 1974 is the premier nonprofit educational organization that bridges academics in the archaeology of the Holy Lands to a global lay audience.

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