Monday, March 20, 2006

Hebrew Archaeology at Millsaps This Week

Jesse Yancy over at Millsaps has just kindly written to inform me of an interesting lecture that is scheduled for this Wednesday PM. If I weren't going to be preaching on Psalm 89 at that very moment, I'd be there! I've let our friends at RTS know. Here's the scoop.

Millsaps College to Spotlight Ancient Hebraic Discovery
Dr. Ron Tappy, an archaeologist with the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, will lecture on the oldest Hebrew inscription ever discovered on Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in Room 200 of Murrah Hall on the Millsaps College campus.

Tappy discovered a 40-pound stone inscribed with the Hebrew alphabet written out in its traditional sequence last year at Tel Zayit in the lowlands of Judah, in the wall of a building dated from the 10th century BCE. The building itself was part of a network of structures at the site, indicating an important border town connected to a centralized kingdom.

Tappy is the G. Albert Shoemaker Professor of Bible and Archaeology and the Director of the James L. Kelso Bible Lands Museum at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Specializing in the life and literature of the Old Testament period, biblical archaeology and the history of Israel, he focuses his teaching on how these areas can enliven our reading of the Bible today. He began excavating at various sites throughout Israel more than 20 years ago and currently directs the field project at Tel Zayit.

For more information, contact Dr. James Bowley at 01-974-1328 or

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