L4: The Ancient Near East & the Bible
April 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
How often have you visited a major museum and wandered around, staring at the artifacts, with little clue as to their relevance for your religious faith? Ever wondered about the Ancient Near East (ANE) where Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob lived? What were the contemporary, cultural, political, and social contexts from which Israel emerged as a nation?
Understanding the geohistorical contexts of the Old Testament is instrumental to the study of the Bible. This guide will introduce the art and science of archaeology, their contributions to biblical studies as well as their limitations as a tool to reconstruct the past. Learn about the history of the ANE, their myths and religions, as well as the contemporary tensions between conservative-confessional and liberal-critical prejudices and biases in their interpretations of the Bible in the light of archaeology. It will also examine a selection of artifacts from the Met’s ANE collection relevant to the Bible with reference to their geohistorical and theological contexts.
In this lecture, we shall focus on the Persian Empire: its culture, langauge and influence on the writing of the Bible.
This event is free but please register for it. You are invited to make a donation to the ministry to make such public lectures available at no cost.