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Archeology and the rise of ancient Israel is topic of lecture at William Jewell
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
October 8, 2007

“Archeology and the Rise of Ancient Israel” will be the topic of a free public lecture by Dr. Zvi Lederman at 7 p.m. October 17 in the Gano Assembly Room in John Gano Memorial Chapel on the William Jewell College campus in Liberty, Mo. A reception follows the lecture, and the public is invited to attend. Dr. Lederman is co-director of the Tel Beth Shemesh Excavation Project sponsored by the Tel Aviv University Institute of Archeology.

“Dr. Lederman’s lecture is timely given the ongoing debate concerning the origins of the current Middle East political struggle,” said Dr. Andy Pratt, vice president for religious ministries at William Jewell. Dr. Lederman holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. The title of his thesis was “An Early Iron Age Village at Khirbet Raddana: The Excavations of Joseph A. Callaway.”

In 1990 Dr. Lederman began excavating at Tel Beth Shemesh. During seventeen seasons of digging, Tel Beth Shemesh has proven to be one of the most important current excavations in Israel. The interpretation of the finds of the material culture at Tel Beth Shemesh has contributed to the current discussion concerning the nature and character of the monarchy in early Israel. The excavations have yielded a series of important finds: a series of Canaanite cities which preceded Israelite occupation; a large village spread over the mound during the days of the Judges; a regional administrative center from the time of the monarchy which shows evidence of planning and investment; an elaborate system of fortifications on the Northeastern side of the Tel; a large retaining tower in front of a massive wall; a large underground water reservoir cruciform in shape; and an iron-smith workshop dating to the 9th and 10th centuries which is the earliest of its kind in Israel.

With its challenging academic culture and focus on student achievement, William Jewell College promises students an outstanding liberal arts education that cultivates leadership, service, and spiritual growth within a community inspired by Christian ideals and committed to open, rigorous intellectual pursuits.

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