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Winter 2015 Lecture Series


Monday, February 9, 2015 and
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7:30pm

California Museum of Ancient Art is proud to present its WINTER 2015 SERIES, "EXPLORING THE DIFFERENT ANCIENT PEOPLES OF THE LEVANT," featuring two of North America's finest Biblical archaeologists: Dr. William Dever and Dr. Aaron Burke, both exceptional speakers. This series will be held at the Piness Auditorium inside the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles on Mondays, February 9 and 23, 2015 at 7:30pm.


VIDEO and AUDIO RECORDINGS: DVDs and CDs are available for this series. DVDs are $28 per lecture, $48 for the full series (2 programs); CDs are $21 per lecture, $36 for the series. Price includes shipping and tax.

Please contact the California Museum of Ancient Art, P. O. Box 10515, Beverly Hills, CA 90213.


Dr. William Dever

On Monday, February 9, Dr. William Dever will present, "PHILISTINES, PHOENICIANS AND SOLOMON'S NAVY." Stone reliefs on the Temple walls at Medinet Habu as well as hieroglyphic texts of Ramses III (circa 1177 BCE) depict among the "Sea Peoples," Biblical Philistines invading the coast of southern Canaan. These Greek-speaking peoples from the Aegean settled in this region and soon became rivals of the early Israelites. Meanwhile the Phoenicians, heirs of the collapsing Canaanite culture, were emerging along the northern Levantine coast. They too were great seafarers.

Did King Solomon really have a Navy?
By the tenth century BCE, Solomon was King of an early Israelite monarchy in the Canaanite highlands. Biblical texts credit him with having a fleet of ships at Etzion-Geber on the Red Sea, collaborating with Hiram, Phoenician King of Tyre, and even trading as far away as Tarshish in Spain. This slide lecture will illuminate all of these early Iron Age peoples, and raise the question of whether the Bible may preserve accurate memories of joint ventures at sea between Solomon and Hiram.

William G. Dever, is one of the world's foremost Biblical Archaeologists. He received his PhD from Harvard in 1966. Past Director of the Albright Institute in Jerusalem, he is currently Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Arizona and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania. Dr. Dever directed excavations in Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. He has authored 26 books including his recent The Lives of Ordinary People in Ancient Israel: Where Archaeology and the Bible Intersect.

On Monday, February 23, Dr. Aaron Burke will share his recent work in an illustrated lecture, "NEW DISCOVERIES FROM THE EGYPTIAN FORTRESS AT JAFFA: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE." From 1460 to 1130 BCE, during the New Kingdom, the Egyptian fortress of Yapu (modern Jaffa) guarded the Mediterranean's primary harbor on the southern Canaanite coast. Forty miles northwest of Jerusalem, this location served as a staging area for Egypt's regular military campaigns into Canaan and as an administration center for its Canaanite territories. Although the importance of Jaffa's role has long been known from a handful of Egyptian historical texts, recent research by the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project makes possible a major reassessment of Egypt's presence at Jaffa.

How did the Canaanites and Egyptian interact at Jaffa?

Renewed excavations at Tel Yafo from 2011 to 2014 reveal an imperial fortress subject to insurgency aimed at expelling the Egyptian force. These new discoveries shed light on violent interactions between the Egyptians and the local Canaanite population over three centuries. In a synthesis of his recent archaeological work, Dr. Burke's PowerPoint lecture will focus on insurgency, resistance and social interaction that occurred in Jaffa's Egyptian fortress.

Aaron A. Burke is Associate Professor at UCLA of the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and the Levant. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2004. A new voice in Biblical Archaeology, Dr. Burke is co-director of the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project with Dr. Martin Peilstocker. Together they authored the recent volume, The History and Archaeology of Jaffa I, winner of ASOR's G. Ernest Wright Award for Best Archaeological Publication in 2011.

We are honored to host these two esteemed speakers at our International Scholars Forum. Join us this Winter for a remarkable series. Mark these dates on your calendar and be sure to attend:

We are grateful to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple for co-sponsoring these lectures.