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The BAS Archive now features video lectures and seminars given by some of the world’s top Biblical scholars and archaeologists, including James D. Tabor, William Dever, Michael Coogan and James Strange, among others. Presented in an engaging, accessible style, and often with informative notes and colorful illustrations, these video lectures open up new vistas for understanding both the world of the Bible and the scholarship that is continually changing our view of the Biblical past. The video library will eventually include hundreds of lectures, covering topics ranging from the archaeology of ancient Israel to the historical Jesus and the beliefs of the first Christians, so check back regularly for the latest updates and additions. These videos can also be purchased in the BAS Store.
Eric Cline
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed
Professor Eric Cline, George Washington University
A “perfect storm of calamities”—earthquakes, droughts and rebellions—caused the demise of the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1500–1200 B.C.). The great empires and mighty kingdoms of the ancient world—the Egyptians, Mycenaeans, Minoans, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Cypriots and Canaanites—all suddenly collapsed. Learn how the lessons of this amazing historical era relate to the ongoing turbulence and uncertainty of our own day.
1 lecture, 53 minutes
Ronald Hendel
The Exodus and Cultural Memory
Professor Ronald Hendel, University of California, Berkeley
Ancient Israel’s Exodus from Egypt, rather than being a single, momentous event that can be confirmed through archaeology, should be viewed as a deep-seated cultural memory that allowed disparate groups of highland villagers and escaped Canaanite slaves to coalesce into a single people. How this story arose and why the early Israelites adopted this memory are key questions, which find coherent answers in the relationship between Canaan and the Egyptian empire of the Late Bronze Age. By fusing historical and fictional memories, the story created the necessary social context for the birth of Israel as a people.
1 lecture, 46 minutes
Alan Millard
Folk Tales and Biblical History
Professor Emeritus Alan Millard, University of Liverpool
Many of the stories from ancient Near Eastern literature are often labeled “folk tales” and are presumed to have no basis in reality—the Biblical texts are no exception. Many stories in the Bible are seen as allegories or folk tales. But when we read these stories, should we just simply label them “folk tales,” or should we investigate the possibility that they may contain some factual elements? This lecture examines this question using several well known examples from the Bible, including the story of Moses’ birth and the Biblical account of King Solomon’s wealth and prestige.
1 lecture, 46 minutes
Sandra Richter
Could Mt. Ebal Be Deuteronomy’s “Place of the Name”?
Professor Sandra Richter, Wheaton College in Illinois
A vexing irony inhabits the Book of Deuteronomy. On the one hand, the book makes exclusive worship at a single site chosen by Israel’s God Yahweh the defining criterion of community faithfulness. On the other hand, the book fails to identify the sanctuary’s location. The quest to resolve this conundrum has directed scholarly attention to Shechem, Shiloh, Bethel, Gilgal, Gerizim, and, most recently, Mt. Ebal—all sacred sites identified in early Israel’s settlement traditions. This lecture reviews linguistic, historical and archaeological evidence that may help us identify where Deuteronomy’s “place of the name” was actually located.
1 lecture, 46 minutes
Eric Cline
The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel Aren’t Lost (and never were)
Professor Eric Cline, George Washington University
Speculating on the whereabouts of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel has been popular for longer than the search for the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail. Suggestions for where they ended up have ranged from America and Britain to India and Africa, and virtually every place in between. However, few proper investigations of this “mystery” have been conducted. Now, utilizing three separate and completely independent sources—the Biblical account, contemporary neo-Assyrian inscriptions, and archaeological remains from both the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah—it can be confidently shown that the Ten Tribes of Israel were never lost.
1 lecture, 46 minutes
James D. Tabor
Jerusalem Discoveries from the Time of Jesus
James D. Tabor, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
In this exclusive collection of video lectures, renowned Biblical scholar James D. Tabor reviews some of the most exciting and controversial archaeological discoveries from Jerusalem in recent years, including his important findings from the Talpiot tombs and the Mt. Zion excavation. In his characteristically accessible and familiar style, Tabor examines questions surrounding the authenticity of the James ossuary, spells out why he believes the Talpiot tomb may have been revered as the burial place of Jesus and his family, and explores what the Mt. Zion excavations are revealing about the Jerusalem that Jesus knew.
4 lectures, over 45 minutes each.
Thomas E. Levy
Cyber-Archaeology: Insights from the Holy Land
Thomas E. Levy, University of California, San Diego
In this lecture given to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, UC San Diego professor Thomas Levy discusses how new digital technologies are transforming archaeology in the 21st century and helping to preserve the world’s cultural heritage. Using examples from various archaeological projects in the Holy Land, including his ongoing fieldwork at the ancient copper mining site of Faynan (Biblical Punon) in modern Jordan, Levy introduces viewers to the ever-expanding digital toolkit of modern archaeology, from LiDAR scanning and enhanced mapping techniques to 3D virtual recreations of excavation environments.
1 lecture, 40 minutes.
Bruce Zuckerman
Technology and Antiquity
Bruce Zuckerman, University of Southern California
Professor Zuckerman highlights the exciting new ways that ancient technologies allow us to decipher ancient texts and artifacts. In this dynamic presentation, he literally shines a light on some of the most important inscriptions in the field of Biblical archaeology, from the Copper Scroll to Ugaritic texts. Zuckerman’s demonstration of the groundbreaking InscriptiFact software answers critical questions on ancient Jewish coinage, the Dead Sea Scroll scribes and much more.
1 lecture, 56 minutes.
Bart Ehrman
Uncovering Early Christianity—The Best of Bart Ehrman
Bart Ehrman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman’s bestselling books have introduced the general public to some of the most challenging and controversial ideas of modern Biblical scholarship. Now, BAS Library members can watch or listen to four exclusive full-length lectures by Ehrman on topics ranging from forgeries and counter-forgeries in the New Testament to how and when Jesus became divine. Start uncovering the hidden world of early Christianity today!
4 lectures, over 45 minutes each.
Mary Joan Winn Leith
Shock and Awe: The Exodus Narrative
Professor Mary Joan Winn Leith, Stonehill College
Regular Biblical Archaeology Review contributor Mary Joan Winn Leith provides a fresh perspective on the language and imagery of the Book of Exodus by exploring ancient Egyptian iconography of power and authority. Through their acute awareness of Egyptian propaganda and art, the biblical writers and storytellers successfully inverted the very same imagery to illustrate Pharaoh’s ineptitude when confronted by Moses and the Israelite God Yahweh.
1 lecture, 53 minutes.
Michael Coogan
Yahweh’s Wives
Michael D. Coogan, Stonehill College
In this intriguing lecture, noted Biblical scholar and archaeologist Michael D. Coogan tackles the complex issue of Yahweh’s wives. According to Coogan, the issue of Yahweh’s wives, particularly the goddess Asherah, is a most interesting topic from the perspective of the history of religions, illuminated by both canonical and non-canonical sources, as well as archaeology. Coogan shares a number of fascinating images to support his notion that the “notoriously inconsistent” ancient Biblical texts need to be studied carefully, especially since so many today appeal to the Bible in support of their values.
1 lecture, 50 minutes.
Hershel Shanks Interviews Scholars on the Scrolls
Hershel Shanks, editor of Biblical Archaeology Review, hosts this series of informal interviews with five prominent Dead Sea Scrolls scholars. As only he can, Shanks discusses the intriguing personalities behind early scroll scholarship, many of whom were controversial. Listen as Weston Fields, George Brooke, James Charlesworth, Sidnie White Crawford and Joseph Fitzmyer share their stories of the scrolls’ history and impact on Old and New Testament scholarship.
3 lectures, Over 30 minutes each.
Bruce Routledge
What We Don’t Know about the Biblical Moab
Dr. Bruce Routledge, University of Liverpool
External origins and the displacement of nations have been themes exhibited throughout the Bible and studied through biblical archaeology. Dr. Bruce Routledge questions whether the role of Moab as portrayed in the Bible has helped or impeded with the archaeological study of Moab in the Iron Age, the period of the emergence of Israel. Routledge argues that “by not separating the Bible and archaeology in the first instance, we forgo not only the opportunity to understand and access an ancient world...but forgo the opportunity to learn anything new about the Bible itself.” With examples from his own research in south-central Jordan, Routledge supports his argument by examining the connections between the Bible and archaeology with and without the full understanding of either medium.
1 lecture, 56 minutes.
James Strange
The Archaeology of “Jewish Christianity”
Professor James F. Strange, University of South Florida
Many scholars agree on the odd symbols found over the years: they represent the human imprint left by Jewish Christians. But some others like Biblical minimalists question whether the unusual strokes of a seemingly Latin cross aren’t merely remnants from a painter cleaning his brush. Professor Strange will enlighten you with stories and images from many sites in and around Jerusalem, stressing the importance of archaeological methodology to come to a reasonable conclusion of what has been found.
1 lecture, 56 minutes.
Peter Flint
Isaiah in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Professor Peter W. Flint, Trinity Western University, Canada
Professor Flint takes you on a journey from Jerusalem to the wilderness of Judea—and into the caves of Qumran, where many of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds. He recounts the story of their discovery, reviews various Scroll manuscripts and shares an interesting analysis comparing the Old Testament books favored by the Jewish Essenes versus the early Christians. Flint focuses on The Book of Isaiah, one of the three most popular Biblical books appreciated by these similar, yet very different groups. Quoting the well-known verse Isaiah 40:3: “A voice of one calling: In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God,” Flint explains how all four gospel writers included parts of this verse in their texts.
1 lecture, 56 minutes.
James Hoffmeier
Recent Explorations in the Sinai: Implications for the Hebrew Exodus from Egypt
Professor James Hoffmeier, University of Toronto
This lecture is part of the series, Archaeology and the Bible, a collection of 7 essential lectures from world renowned scholars. The series offers an amazing scope of both of these subjects whether you consider “Biblical” and “Archaeology” as one discipline or two. Professor James Hoffmeier’s presentation, Recent Explorations in the Sinai: Implications for the Hebrew Exodus from Egypt, establishes the relevance for archaeology for understanding the Exodus.
1 lecture, 123 minutes.
Bruce Chilton
The Temple, Aramaic Epigraphy and the Historical Jesus
Professor Bruce Chilton, Bard College
The Temple, Aramaic Epigraphy and the Historical Jesus, is included in the lecture series Jesus and the Second Temple: The World of Early Judaism and Christianity. This is an opportunity to better understand the cultural norms at the birth of Judaism and Christianity. The other popular lecturers in this dynamic 5 lecture collection are Craig Evans, Amy-Jill Levine, Bart Ehrman and Ben Witherington.
1 lecture, 50 minutes.
Richard Rohrbaugh
Honor and Shame: Core Values in the Biblical World
Professor Richard Rohrbaugh, Lewis & Clark College
Professor Rohrbaugh elucidates the concepts of honor and shame, which he identifies as core values in Mediterranean culture and thus of the Biblical world. He concentrates on passages in the New Testament that are influenced by the culture of the region and highlights the important role of honor and shame in those verses. This is part of the 10 lecture series, Peasants, Widows, Bandits and Beggars by Professor Rohrbaugh that discusses the social and cultural context of early Christian writings. A must not only for understanding the Mediterranean world of the Bible, but the cultural underpinnings of the contemporary middle east.
1 lecture, 56 minutes: entire set 6 hrs and 45 minutes.
William Dever
How Archaeology Illuminates the Bible
Professor William G. Dever
A comprehensive introduction to archaeology and the Hebrew Bible in eight lectures by master teacher and world-famous archaeologist William G. Dever, created exclusively for the Biblical Archaeology Society. The series starts with the Patriarchs and ends with the Babylonian destruction. Each lecture includes articles for further study. All eight lectures are available streaming for free or for purchase.
8 lectures, 1 hour each.
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