Dr. David Ilan and Dr. Nili Fox Lead Tours of the Skirball Archaeology Museum at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem

Monday, July 19, 2010

In June, four groups of college students on study tours in Jerusalem visited the Skirball Archaeology Museum of the NGSBA at the Jerusalem campus of HUC-JIR.  Responding to requests from program directors at Asbury University, Wesley College, Indiana-Wesleyan University, and HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, Dr. David Ilan, Director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, and Dr. Nili Fox, Director of the School of Graduate Studies, provided guided tours of the artifact collections at the Skirball Archaeology Museum. These unique collections are all finds from HUC-JIR-sponsored excavations spanning the last five decades at Tel Dan, Gezer, and Aroer. The artifacts are displayed both chronologically and thematically, offering visitors a window into the daily life and religious practices of Canaanites and Israelites in early antiquity. Approximately fifty graduate and undergraduate students on the tours engaged in discussions on how the material culture from these sites helps to enlighten our understanding of biblical history. 

The Skirball Museum in Jerusalem is open for group tours by appointment.


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