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WASHINGTON, DC — The Biblical Archaeology Society, publisher of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), a niche consumer magazine, will host the first-ever spring online edition of its annual signature event from the fall. The Spring Bible and Archaeology Fest on April 2–3 offers live talks from 18 leading Bible scholars and archaeologists via the Zoom computer application. Registered, paid participants can enjoy two days of online learning with experts in the fields from all over the world.
The program features The Bible and Archaeology: A Love-Hate Relationship, a plenary session from renowned archaeologist Dr. Yosef Garfinkel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He specializes in the Protohistoric era of the Near East, the period of time when the world’s earliest village communities were established and the beginning of agriculture took place.
In the plenary, Garfinkel will analyze the history of the field of biblical archaeology, arguing for five different phases in the relationship between the Bible and archaeology, beginning in 1847 when the Lachish reliefs from Sennacherib’s palace in Nineveh were unearthed.
A new feature of this spring event is a virtual tour of Israel’s ancient port city Caesarea Maritima, custom designed by host and Bible atlas author Carl Rasmussen, Bethel University in Minnesota.
Other familiar names from Biblical Archaeology Review, plus rising stars will be presenting:
For more than two decades, numerous scholars and dedicated enthusiasts have come together at a Bible & Archaeology Fest for enjoying the latest finds, scholarship, and discussions of the Bible and archaeology. Registration for this virtual event and its recordings is $199. The student rate is $99. Sign up at www.biblicalarchaeology.org/fest.
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