Three Illustrated Lectures The Archaeology of Jerusalem, Professor Jodi Magness - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Three Illustrated Lectures The Archaeology of Jerusalem, Professor Jodi Magness

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Monday, September 2, 2002

Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
October 16: Biblical Jerusalem
November 13: Jerusalem in the Time of Herod
December 11: Roman Jerusalem

Admission: Free

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Professor Jodi Magness is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A prolific author and popular speaker, Dr. Magness has participated in 20 different excavations in Israel and Greece. In 2003 she will co-direct excavations at the Roman Fort at Yotvata, Israel.

In this series of three slide-illustrated lectures, Professor Magness will review the history and archeology of Jerusalem in the Biblical period, in the time of Herod the Great, and in the Roman period.

Biblical Jerusalem
This slide-illustrated lecture will review the history and archaeology of Jerusalem in the Old Testament period (Bronze Age and Iron Age), focusing on the time when it was settled by the Israelites (beginning with King David until the Babylonian destruction in 586 BCE). The lecture will examine the Temple Mount, the City of David, and the ancient water systems.

Jerusalem in the Time of Herod the Great
This slide-illustrated lecture will examine the monuments of the first century BCE and first century CE - that is, from the time of Herod the Great until the destruction of the city by the Romans in 70 CE. The topics we cover include Herod's reconstruction of the Temple Mount, his Antonia fortress, the city's fortification system, and the richly decorated ancient houses in the modern Jewish Quarter.

Roman Jerusalem (Aelia Capitolina)
After its destruction by the Romans in 70 CE, Jerusalem lay in ruins. This slide-illustrated lecture focuses on Jerusalem as it looked after its reconstruction by the Roman emperor Hadrian in about 135 CE. Many elements in the Old City today (such as the lines of streets) can be traced back to Hadrian's refoundation.

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