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posted Aug 21, 2013, 7:13 PM by Carol Boyer   [ updated Aug 13, 2016, 3:03 PM ]


ARCE-DC is co-sharing our lecture series with the Biblical Archaeological Society Of Northern Virginia (BASONOVA) and the Biblical Archaeological Forum (BAF). Below are many of their lectures which may be of interest to ARCE-DC members and their guests. Some of their speakers are ARCE members.

BAF: $10 general admission; $48 for eight lectures
BASONOVA: $10 general admission for lecture; $7 for members per lecture; $30 family membership; luncheons typically $20 (optional).

2016-2017 BASONOVA Lectures

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For more information about any of the lectures listed below, click here.

Once a year, BASONOVA holds a special "Big Event."  The April 30, 2017 program will be headlined by Professor Sidnie White Crawford of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She will present an illustrated lecture, "What the Dead Sea Scrolls Teach Us About The Bible."

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Golden Age of King Midas: Excavations at Gordion, Turkey

By Dr. C. Brian Rose, University of Pennsylvania

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Maccabees at Kedesh? A Clash between Text and Archaeology

By Dr. Andrea Berlin, Boston University

Sunday, November 20, 2016, 2pm

Egypt and Canaan – A Political and Cultural Encounter

By Daphna Ben Tor, Israel Museum
The story of Egypt and Canaan recalls for most people the Biblical accounts of Joseph and Moses in the books of Genesis and Exodus. Yet, the captivating story of the reciprocal relationship between these ancient civilizations is missing from these stories and remains largely unknown. This history begins ca. 3100 BCE with the founding of Egyptian commercial colonies in south western Canaan, and ends ca. 1130 BCE - just after the sunset of the Bronze Age - with the collapse of the Egyptian empire in Canaan. Accompanying this presentation are rich illustrations of material evidence drawn from the massive “Egypt in Canaan” exhibit curated by Daphna Ben Tor, which is currently on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Doctors, Diseases and Deities: Epidemic Crises and Medicine in Ancient Rome

By Sarah Yeomans, West Virginia University

Sunday, February 26th, 2017
How to Build a Greek Temple
By Dr Lindley Vann, University of Maryland

Sunday, March 26, 2017
Unity and Diversity in Judaism and Christianity During the First Two Centuries CE
By L. Stephanie Cobb, University of Richmond

Sunday, April 30, 2017
What the Dead Sea Scrolls Teach us About the Bible
Dr. Sidnie White Crawford, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, 2017
Curator-Guided Private Tour of Byzantine Collection at Dumbarton Oaks

For more information about any of the BASSANOVA lectures, click here.

2016-2017 BAF Lectures 

For more information about any of the lectures listed below, click here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

King Herod's Harbor Temple at Caeserea Marina
By Kenneth Holum, University of Maryland

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Saving the Cultural Heritage of Ancient Syria and Iraq (Symposium)
With a panel of experts speaking

Monday November 21, 2016
What do Ancient Documents Tell Us About the People Who Lived at Hazor?
By Amnon Ben Tor, Director of Excavations at Hazor

Wednesday December 14, 2016
Carthage and the Forgotten Phoenicians in the Ancient Mediterranean
By Brien Garnand, Howard University 

Wednesday February 22, 2017
Power, Politics and Places: The Architectural Innovations of King Herod
By Lisa Kahn, George Mason University

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 8 pm

Amenhotep III, Tiye, and Sakhmet: Interpreting the Lion Goddess Statues from the Temple of Mut

By Betsy Bryan, Johns Hopkins University

More than 700 statues of the goddess Sakhmet in the form of a lion-headed woman were placed in the Temple of Mut (in Luxor, Egypt) on the order of Eighteenth Dynasty Pharaoh Amenhotep III, ca. 1375 BCE, along with statues of him and his primary queen Tiye. Amenhotep “The Magnificent” and Queen Tiye were the parents of Akhenaten, the heretic Pharaoh. The sheer magnitude of the production of these statues -- which were also made and placed in Amenhotep’s funerary temple at Kom el Hettan -- has held the attention of both scholars and the general public for two hundred years. This illustrated lecture will examine the statues in the context of the reign of Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye and will highlight the temple rituals associated with the two temples where the statues were erected.

Wednesday, April 30, 2017
What the Dead Sea Scrolls Teach us About the Bible
By Sidnie White Crawford, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Wednesday May 17, 2017
Life and Death at Nemea: Greek Hero Opheltes and the Origin of Nemean Games
By Jorge Bravo, University of Maryland 

Except as noted, these lectures will take place at the JCCGW 

 The JCCGW is located at 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852

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For more information about any of the BAF lectures, click here.