Saturday, October 03, 2009

Biblical Archaeology Conference in Omaha

The University of Nebraska at Omaha is hosting a Biblical Archaeology Conference from October 29-31.  From the press release:

Scholars from around the world will present the latest research on excavations at Bethsaida, an ancient city located near the north coast of the Sea of Galilee in Israel, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

The 11th annual Batchelder Biblical Archaeology Conference is Oct. 29-31 at the Thompson Alumni Center on the UNO campus.

Biblical scholars from the U.S. and around the world will host presentations about their research. This year’s conference will welcome Dr. Oded Borowski as one of two keynote speakers. Dr. Borowski found and chaired the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Languages and Literatures, now the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies. He is professor of Biblical Archaeology and Hebrew Language, and director of Mediterranean Archaeology at Emory University.

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The other keynote presenter is Dr. Dan Bahat.... Dr. Bahat served the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) as the Chief Archaeologist of Jerusalem for 35 years, then as a scholar at Bar-Ilan University, and is currently affiliated with the University of Toronto.

In 1991, the Consortium of the Bethsaida Excavations Project (CBEP) was formed and has been housed at UNO since its inception. Its mission is to excavate the ancient city of Bethsaida, research the data discernible from the remains and disseminate the conclusions to both academic and popular audiences.

Significant objections have been raised by others of the identification of et-Tell as biblical Bethsaida.  Lecture titles are not given, but apparently they will be related to Bethsaida.  Last year Eisenbrauns published Cities through the Looking Glass, a collection of articles from this conference in 2003 (see contents at Google Books).

For the full press release, including more details about the two speakers and registration details, see here.

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