archaeology in Israel conference (fwd)

David Heller (daveh@PANIX.COM)
Wed, 16 Mar 1994 00:03:39 -0500

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Unique Conference on ISRAELI ARCHAEOLOGY
Scheduled at Lehigh University

On May 22-24, 1994, the Philip and Muriel Berman Center for
Jewish Studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., in
cooperation with the Berman Center for Biblical Archaeology at the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is hosting a conference on "The
Archaeology of Israel: Constructing the Past, Interpreting the
Present." An international group of world-renowned archaeologists,
historians, Bible scholars, and authors will exchange views on the
scholarly, political, and cultural implications of archaeology.

In addition to discussing recent archaeological discoveries in
Israel, speakers will address such issues as the role of
archaeology in contemporary Israeli culture, the ideological
implications of archaeological research, archaeology and problems
of ethnic identity, archaeological discoveries and gender
construction, and the relationship of archaeology to biblical
studies and historical inquiry.

Of particular interest to the general public is the program on
Sunday, May 22, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Through lectures and slide
presentations, four of Israel's leading biblical archaeologists,
Amnon Ben Tor, Trude Dothan, Amihai Mazar, and Ephraim Stern, will
share the results of their recent excavations at Hazor, Tel Miqne-
Ekron, Tel Dor, and Tel Bet Shean. All four are faculty members at
the Berman Center for Biblical Archaeology at Hebrew University.

On Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m., Amos Elon, a highly respected
Israeli author and journalist, will speak on "The Role of
Archaeology in Israeli Society and Culture." Elon, author of The
Israelis: Founders and Sons, Herzl: A Biography, and Jerusalem:
City of Mirrors, will explore the place of archaeology in the
formation of Israeli national identity and in Israeli political and
cultural life.

On Monday at 9:00 a.m., a panel of distinguished speakers--
Yaacov Shavit, an Israeli historian; Burke Long, an American
professor of religion; and author Neil Asher Silberman--will
discuss these issues further. Silberman recently wrote a highly
acclaimed book on the late Yigael Yadin, a preeminent Israeli
archaeologist and former chief-of-staff of the Israel Defense

Other participants in the sessions Monday and Tuesday are
William Dever, University of Arizona; Israel Finkelstein, Tel Aviv
University; Baruch Halpern, Penn State University; Lee Levine,
Hebrew University; Burke Long, Bowdoin College; Peter Machinist,
Harvard University; Miriam Peskowitz, University of Florida; Brian
Hesse and Paula Wapnish, University of Alabama; and Donna Belcher,
Michael Notis, David Small and Benjamin Wright III, all of Lehigh

The conference is open to the public. A small registration
fee is being charged. For further information and registration
materials, contact the Berman Center for Jewish Studies, 9 West
Packer Ave., Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015 (telephone 610
758-4869, fax 610 758-4858, e-mail 758-3352).


Edwin J. Kay, CSEE, 117 Packard Lab, 19 Memorial Drive West, Lehigh U,
Bethlehem, PA 18015 (215)758-3623 EJK0@NS2.CC.LEHIGH.EDU