Once again, in order to give a sufficient “heads up” for upcoming lectures (who says I don’t learn from critics?), I will be giving a talk for the Jewish Studies Program at UCSD on May 29th.
Here are the details:
Wednesday, May 29th 2013, TBA, TBA
Aren Maeir, Bar Ilan University in Israel; UCSD Visiting Professor
“Who are you calling a Philistine? Archaeology and the Bible at Tell es-Safi – biblical Gath of the Philistines”
Summary: The biblical Philistines, arch-enemies of the Israelites, have for many centuries suffered from “bad PR” – due to the biblical texts negative attitude towards them. Archaeological excavations over the last century have slowly changed this perception, demonstrating that the Philistines had an extremely complex, diverse and developed culture – particularly in comparison to the contemporaneous Israelites. Recent finds from Philistia, and in particular from Tell es-Safi/Gath (biblical Gath of the Philistines – home town of Goliath), now show that not only are previous understandings of the biblical Philistines somewhat monolithic in nature, but that a thorough reassessment of the relationship between the biblical texts about the Philistines and the archaeological remains are called for. This can serve as an excellent case study for the modern interface between Bible and Archaeology – a long-debated and contested topic. In this lecture, Prof. Aren Maeir, of Bar-Ilan University (Ramat-Gan, Israel), will discuss these and other issues, with particular emphasis on the results of the excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath, a project which he directs.
The details of the location of the talk on the UCSD campus will be published later.
In addition, look at the Jewish Studies Program events page – for this and other interesting upcoming events – including the VERY interesting conference on Exodus – for which I have the honor to have been invited to present a paper (note – this conference is a closed conference – only for invited speakers – although there will be a public lecture by Bill Propp on the exodus – and a very interesting digital exhibition – curated by Tom Levy). See details on the events page.