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L.I.F.E. Lecture: Cities That Built the Bible

L.I.F.E. Lecture: Cities That Built the Bible

Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019

Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: B'nai Israel Congregation

Address: 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852

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  • Type: Social Event, Speaker
  • Audience: Adults
  • Membership: Not Required
  • Registration: Not Required
  • Cost: $10 General Admission, $5 B’nai Israel congregants and college students, Free for High School students
  • Topic: Arts & Culture, Jewish Heritage, Just for Fun, L.I.F.E. Lecture, Speaker

Cities That Built the Bible

The cities of Jerusalem, Babylon and Bethlehem are more than just settings for epic stories from the Bible: they were instrumental to the creation of the Bible. This presentation blends archaeology and biblical history to explore these cities and their role in the building of the Bible. These cities also influenced numerous non-biblical books written in antiquity; far more books were left out of the Bible than were let in during the messy canonization process.

The lecture will also reveal surprising facts, such as what the Bible says about the birth of Jesus and how Mary’s Virgin Birth caused problems for the early church.

Join us for an exciting adventure through time that brings the Bible to life through the cities of Tyre, Sidon, Byblos, Ugarit, Nineveh, Babylon, Megiddo, Athens, Alexandria, Jerusalem, Qumran, Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Rome. Illustrations will include artifacts, dig sites, and ruins taken from a far-reaching journey from the battlegrounds of Megiddo to the Grotto of the Nativity, from the towering Acropolis of Athens to the caves in Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

ROBERT CARGILL is Assistant Professor, Judaism and Christianity, at the University of Iowa and Editor, Biblical Archaeology Review. Dr. Cargill recently published The Cities that Built the Bible. He has also done extensive work in television, appearing as an expert and hosting the NatGeo documentary Writing the Dead Sea Scrolls. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, American Schools of Oriental Research, Biblical Archaeology Society, Archaeological Institute of America, American Humanist Association, American Mensa, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Dr. Cargill will sign copies of his best-selling book, Cities that Built the Bible, available for purchase at the event for $20.

This lecture is presented in partnership with the the Biblical Archaeology Forum and Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia.

Organized by: Susan Grinnan

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