The Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology
The Nelson Glueck School, a research center for the study and exploration of Israel's past, is located in the Skirball Center for Biblical and Archaeological Research.
The resources of The Nelson Glueck School and the Skirball Center for Biblical and Archaeological Research are available to scholars, advanced doctoral candidates, and to special students wishing to supplement their other academic work in the fields of Bible, Near Eastern Studies, Archaeology, and Judaica. Students carrying out research at the School have access to computer facilities, the College-Institute library and field trip programs organized through The Nelson Glueck School.
Extensive excavations and research have been carried out at Tel Gezer (1964-74) and at Tel Dan (1974-99). Excavations have also been undertaken at Aroer, Gilat, Shiqmim, and Ira in the Negev, Horvat Rosh Zayit, and the synagogue at Yesud Hama'alah in the Upper Galilee, and at Anathoth near Jerusalem. The School, jointly with the University of California, San Diego, has undertaken a major project at Tel Tillah, investigating the problems of urbanization in the Early Bronze Age.
The School has published Gezer I, II, III, IV and V; Temples and High Places in Biblical Times; Manual of Field Excavations; DAN-25 Years of Excavations at Tel Dan (Hebrew); Biblical Dan and Dan I. Articles concerning the results and research of the School's excavations have appeared in Archives Européenes de Sociologie; Biblical Archaeologist; Biblical Archaeology Review; British Archaeological Reports International (Oxford); Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research; the Aharoni, Orlinsky, Avigad, Yadin, Amiran, Biran, Aviram, Cross, and Avi-Yonah volumes of Eretz Israel; ICOMOS Information; Israel Exploration Journal; La Recherche, National Geographic Society Research Reports; Paleorient; Qadmoniot; Mitekufat Haeven; World Archaeology; Archaeologie, Art et Histoire de la Palestine; Le Monde de la Bible; Archaeology and Biblical Interpretation; and the Festschrift in honor of Philip J. King.
The Nelson Glueck School sponsors a monthly public lecture series in Hebrew on "News in Archaeology."
Each year the School sponsors the Cohodas lecture series in Biblical Archaeology. An eminent scholar is invited to give a public lecture and scholarly symposia on the archaeology of countries neighboring Israel.
The HUC-JIR Skirball Museum's exhibition highlights the research and archaeological expeditions of The Nelson Glueck School. The exhibition tells the story of three ancient cities: Laish/Dan, Gezer, and Aroer. Three major themes are presented: fortifications, burial customs, and cult practices. In addition, special subjects and finds are displayed such as the proto-Canaanite alphabet from Gezer, and a replica of the Aramaic victory stele from the 9th century BCE, uncovered at Dan, mentioning Yoram, king of Israel, and Ahaziahu, king of the "House of David." This is the first reference to the Davidic dynasty found outside of the Bible.
The S. Zalman and Ayala Abramov Library houses extensive holdings of books and periodicals dealing with archaeology and ancient Near Eastern studies. In 1987 the College-Institute increased its holdings in archaeology by acquiring the personal library of the late eminent biblical archaeologist Professor Yigael Yadin. Scholars and students working at The Nelson Glueck School have access to these collections.
A consortium of institutions of higher learning and other interested organizations affiliated with The Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology in Jerusalem has been established. These include:
Baltimore Hebrew University
Claremont Graduate School
College of the Holy Cross
Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
McMaster Divinity School
Mississippi State University-Cobb Institute of Archaeology
National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods
New York University-Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
University of California, San Diego
University of Cincinnati
University of San Francisco-Ignatian Heights
University of Southern California
Women of Reform Judaism
Institutions interested in affiliation with the consortium are invited to contact the Office of the President, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.