Saturday, September 12, 2009

Bloomsbury Academy Autumn Conference 2009

Archaelogy and the Bible

BA’s Autumn Conference will be held on SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER, from 10.30 to 17.30, in No.1 Lecture Theatre of UCL’s Cruciform Building. Its subject will be the very important one of ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE BIBLE, with particular reference to the Old Testament. We’ve chosen this because recent discoveries by archaeologists working on ancient sites in the Holy Land and neighbouring regions have been numerous, important and sometimes astonishing, capable of transforming our understanding of both ancient texts and of the world that gave rise to them, one which extended far beyond the banks of the Jordan.

There will be seven lectures in all, one of them short and introductory, and these will be delivered by a team of six distinguished scholars, each an expert in his or her own field. Together they will introduce participants to a selection of these discoveries and reflect on the significance of them. PHILIP MADOC, the distinguished actor, will once again provide relevant readings for us, subject to freedom from his working commitments. The programme will conclude with a FORUM, to which all present will be welcome to contribute.

Morning coffee and afternoon tea will be provided at appropriate times and long-distance travellers will be pleased to learn that there will be a pay bar selling coffee and other refreshments in North Cloisters before the event begins. The PETRIE MUSEUM will remain open throughout the luncheon interval and the day will conclude with a RECEPTION, at which WINES and SOFT DRINKS will be served. All participants are invited to attend, as GUESTS of BA.
Looks like an impressive lineup of speakers.

(Via the SOTS list.)