Dr. Israel Finkelstein: Reconstructing the History of Ancient Israel

By The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center: Fall 2020 (other events)

Wednesday, December 2 2020 10:00 AM 11:45 AM EDT

Dr. Israel Finkelstein: Reconstructing the History of Ancient Israel - The Bible vs. Archaeology

Wednesday, December 2

10:00 AM EDT

A virtual series 


Discovering the history of ancient Israel demands bridging the gap between biblical texts and archaeological findings. How should we balance the stories we read against the evidence uncovered in the field? How do we manage the tension between theology and history?

Dr. Finkelstein will discuss the rules he follows and the advantages and limitations of each kind of evidence in the context of an examination of the dichotomy in power and prosperity between the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, the rise of literacy in ancient Israel and when and why biblical texts were composed.

Dr. Israel Finkelstein is Jacob Alkow Professor of the Archaeology of Israel in the Bronze and Iron Ages at Tel Aviv University and director of the Megiddo Expedition.

About the Series: 


For centuries, archaeologists have raided ancient tombs, explored caves, unearthed watercourses, sifted through rubble, measured skulls, romanced stones and reconstructed pots from tiny shards in their quest to unlock the riddles of biblical times.

In this series, eight distinguished biblical archaeologists will discuss their detective work: the questions they ask; the finds they’ve uncovered; the technology they employ that adds science to spades and brushes; their interpretation of evidence; their struggle against fake news, both ancient and modern; and the tightrope they walk between belief in the Bible and evidence.

Read The New Yorker article


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Wednesday, November 4: The Ancient Gender Gap: The Bible, Archaeology and Israelite Women

Wednesday, November 11: For Everything There Is a Season: Daily Life in Biblical Times

Wednesday, November 18: The Not-So Innocents Abroad

Wednesday, November 25: The Evidence of the Bible As History


This program is sponsored by The Streicker Family and Dr. Masha Mimran.


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