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Digging the Holy Land: When Ancient Texts, Archaeology, and Statistics Meet

Dr. James D. Tabor from the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte will present a lecture on the Armstrong Campus on Oct. 11 and the Statesboro Campus on Oct. 12.

Presented by The Georgia Southern University Computational Sciences Seminar and Statistics Seminar

Thursday Oct 11, 5:30, University Hall 156, Armstrong campus

Friday Oct 12, 2:30, Math/Physics 3001, Statesboro campus

Abstract: One of the enduring challenges of archaeology, which strictly defined is the scientific analysis of the material evidence of the human past, is how one might associate or integrate such evidence with written texts, especially biblical materials. How do names, sites, and our understanding of rituals and practices integrate together to shed light on our understanding of the past. When can one responsibly and reliably connect texts and artifacts? Examples will be taken from Qumran, the site of discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Suba cave discovered in 2000 west of Jerusalem, that might be associated with John the Baptist, and several Jerusalem tombs that might contain inscriptions that relate to individuals we know through texts alone.

About Professor James D. Tabor: Dr. James Tabor is a Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he is professor of Christian origins and ancient Judaism and served as Chair for a decade. His Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago. He previously taught at the University of Notre Dame and the College of William and Mary. Tabor has combined his work on ancient texts with extensive field work in archaeology in Israel and Jordan. Since 2008 he has been co-director, with Shimon Gibson, of the acclaimed Mt Zion excavation in Jerusalem. He was also involved in the 1993 Waco tragedy drawing upon his expertise in understanding ancient Biblical apocalyptic ideas and he testified before Congress in the 1995 Waco Hearings. Among his publications are Things Unutterable (1985), A Noble Death (1992) Why Waco: Cults and the Battle for Religious Freedom in America (1995) and The Jesus Dynasty: A New Historical Investigation of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity (Simon & Schuster, 2006). In 2012 he published two books: The Jesus Discovery: The New Archaeological Find that Reveals the Birth of Christianity (Simon & Schuster) and Paul and Jesus: How the Apostle Transformed Christianity (Simon & Schuster). Currently he is finishing a new book, The Lost Mary: How the Jewish Mother of Jesus Become the Virgin Queen of Heaven (Knopf 2019).

Taborblog: http://jamestabor.com

Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/jamestabor-163

Biblical Archaeology Review: http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/author/james-dt/

Thursday, October 11 at 5:30pm

University Hall (Armstrong Campus), 156
11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419

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