Dr. Ziony Zevit: The Biblical Past Ain’t What It Used to Be

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

Wednesday, October 7 2020 10:00 AM 11:15 AM

Dr. Ziony Zevit: The Biblical Past Ain’t What It Used to Be

Wednesday, October 7

10:00 AM EDT

A virtual series 


Archaeology takes us into a world we can barely conjure up, throwing the past into an entirely new light. Dr. Zevit will lead us into the realities of our ancestors, the ancient Israelites, based not on the Bible but on the work of archaeologists.

Using an examination of Kuntillet Ajrud, a small, isolated archaeological site in the Sinai, he will provide a window into Israelite history and the religious beliefs of those who built and decorated the site.

Dr. Ziony Zevit is Distinguished Professor of Biblical Literature and Northwest Semitic Languages at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.


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


Wednesday, October 14: Good Faith Archaeology: Biblical Claims Confirmed and Challenged by Archaeological Evidence

Wednesday, October 21: Reconstructing the History of Ancient Israel: The Bible vs. Archaeology

Wednesday, October 28: Biblical Conundrums: From the Exodus to the Ten Lost Tribes

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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