About Carol Meyers

Carol Meyers

Carol Meyers is the Mary Grace Wilson Professor Emerita of Religion at Duke University. She has lectured and published widely in several fields: biblical studies, archaeology, and gender in the biblical world. A prolific scholar, she is the author of more than 450 articles, reports, reference-book entries, and reviews; and she has authored, co-authored, or edited twenty-two books. Her 2013 book, Rediscovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context, is a landmark study of women in ancient Israelite society. Other recent books include a commentary on the book of Exodus and several excavation reports (with Eric Meyers). Among her co-edited volumes are Archaeology, Bible, Politics, and the Media (2012) and The Bible in the Public Square (2014). At present she is co-editing the Bloomsbury Handbook of Food in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel and The Oxford Handbook of Households in the Biblical World.

As a field archaeologist, Meyers has been a staff member or co-director of numerous archaeological projects in Israel; and she has been a frequent consultant for media productions relating to archaeology and the Bible, including A&E’s Mysteries of the Bible series, DreamWorks’s “Prince of Egypt,” and Nova’s “The Bible’s Buried Secrets.” She has also served on the editorial boards of many reference works and journals and was a senior editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East. She is currently a trustee of the American Schools of Oriental Research and Vice-President of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation and recently served as President of the Society of Biblical Literature.


Presenter at

Bible & Archaeology Fest XXIII, October 24 – 25, 2020
Holy Land Archaeology: Where the Past Meets the Present with Eric Meyers

The archaeological quest for the past is inevitably shaped by the excavators’ present. This lecture will use several case studies to illustrate the intersection between the discoveries at ancient sites and the pressures of the modern world.


ASOR/BAS Seminar on Biblical Archaeology, October 5 – 7, 2012

Holy Land Archaeology: Where the Past Meets the Present
Archaeology is commonly understood as the study of human life in the past by analyzing the material remains of the past. But it is not usually recognized that the archaeological quest for the past is inevitably shaped by the excavators’ present. This presentation will examine four case studies that illustrate the intersection between the discoveries at ancient sites and the pressures of the modern world. She will first present the stunning mosaics of the Beth Alpha synagogue in the context of the early Jewish settlement of the “Promised Land.” Then the excavations of Hazor, the largest biblical-era site in Israel, will be set against the background of the early days of the State of Israel. Next, the ruins atop the towering plateau of Masada near the Dead Sea, perhaps the best-known of all the archaeological sites in Israel, will be considered in light of the nationalist loyalties of the excavators. Finally, the discoveries at Sepphoris, a major Galilean city in the Roman and Byzantine periods, are viewed in relation to the turmoil in the Holy Land since the first intifada.

Archaeology and the Hidden Religious Culture of Israelite Women
Who were the most important religious figures in ancient Israel? Most people would say that the priests were. But they would be wrong. The major arena of religious life for most people in the period of the Hebrew Bible was the household, and the major figures in household religious activities were women. Drawing on material from her soon-to-be-released book, Rediscovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context (Oxford University Press, 2012), Professor Meyers will take you into the Israelite household, largely invisible in the pages of the Bible. She will present an array of archaeological materials—special objects as well as mundane ones—that are the evidence for household religious culture. She will also use fascinating ethnographic data from the reports of travelers in the Ottoman Empire and of anthropologists studying pre-modern Middle Eastern peoples to offer glimpses of the dynamics of women’s household religious activities.