Another Colloquium to Add to the List

I’ve already announced that Jodi Magness has agreed to join us on the Biblical Studies List for a colloquium (discussion) on her just published volume, The Archaeology of the Holy Land: From the Destruction of Solomon’s Temple to the Muslim Conquest. Our discussion will take place November 1-10.

And that Avraham Faust has also agreed to join us on the List for a colloquium scheduled for December 2-10. His book, also just published, Judah in the Neo-Babylonian Period, is available from SBL.

And as well that Eric Meyers of Duke University will join us January 13-20, 2013 to discuss his new volume, Alexander to Constantine.

Well, now we’re adding another to the list so the upcoming months should really be amazing in terms of our opportunities to discuss new publications with their authors:  February 11-17 Carol and Eric Meyers will be with us on the Biblical Studies List discussing their volume, Archaeology, Bible, Politics, and the Media: Proceedings of the Duke University Conference, April 23-24, 2009.

These discussions are aimed at giving us the chance to ask questions and receive answers of leading scholars in the fields of biblical studies and archaeology.  Join us.  But be sure to read the book first!

Colloquium Announcement

I am exceedingly pleased to announce that, following our colloquia with Jodi Magness and Avraham Faust, Eric Meyers of Duke University will be our guest on the biblical studies list to discuss his new volume, ‘Alexander to Constantine‘.

Drawing on the most recent, groundbreaking archaeological research, Eric M. Meyers and Mark A. Chancey re-narrate the history of ancient Palestine in this richly illustrated and expertly integrated book.  Spanning from the conquest of Alexander the Great in the fourth century BCE until the reign of the Roman emperor Constantine in the fourth century CE, they synthesize archaeological evidence with ancient literary sources (including the Bible) to offer a sustained overview of the tumultuous intellectual and religious changes that impacted world history during the Greco-Roman period.

Professor Meyers will be joining us January 13-20, 2013.  This will surely give those interested in taking part opportunity to get a copy of the book and fully digest it.

We’re very, very grateful to Eric, and Jodi, and Avi, for coming along with us in our journey of intellectual exploration together.  If you’d like to take part in any of the discussions coming up, just join the discussion group.

Conference Announcement: The Bible in the Public Square

Mark Goodacre sends along this conference announcement:

Duke University is proud to be hosting a conference entitled “The Bible in the Public Square:” September 9-10, 2012, a special 2-day conference with experts speaking to the role of the Bible in everything from Public Schools and American Politics, to the Middle East and popular culture. We hope you will consider attending this free conference which will address several key issues from top scholars in the field, including:

“Battling over the Bible in Public Schools,” Charles Haynes, First Amendment Center

“Right Dividing the First Amendment? An Evaluation of Recent Decisions regarding the Bible and Public Schools,” Melissa Rogers, Wake Forest Center for Religion & Public Affairs

“The Bible in the Presidential Elections of 2012, 2008, 2004 and the Collapse of American Secularism,” Jacques Berlinerblau, Georgetown University

For the complete conference schedule, online registration, and parking information, please visit: http://jewishstudies.duke.edu/the-bible-in-the-public-square.

If you have questions regarding the conference, or would like a hard copy of the flyer that has been included, please contact: Serena Elliott at serena.elliott@duke.edu.

Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul: Conference Video and Audio

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A critically engaging conference based on Douglas Campbell’s book: The deliverance of God.
Held at King’s College London on December 16-17, 2011. This conference included presentation of major papers from Alan Torrance of St. Andrews University, Chris Tilling and David Hilborn of St. Mellitus College, and Douglas Campbell of Duke University. The conference served to critically engage Douglas Campbell’s proposals in The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul.

You can go here and watch sessions and / or listen to audio of the sessions.  With thanks to Chris *the Weirdo* Tilling for telling me about it.

Carol Meyers: All About Eve- A Public Lecture

All About Eve: The Last Word on the First Lady,” is the topic of the 10th annual Women and Religion Lecture series at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 26, in the ballroom of the Mike and Josie Harper Center located at 602 N 20th St. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, supports the Women and Gender Studies Program at Creighton University. The speaker, Carol Meyers, Ph.D., is a prominent scholar in the study of women in the biblical world, and a specialist in biblical studies and archaeology. She holds the Mary Grace Wilson Professorship in Religion at Duke University, where she has taught since 1977.

If you’re around Omaha, Nebraska, do go. She’s a fine lecturer!

Archaeology, Bible, Politics, and the Media: Proceedings of the Duke University Conference

Coming in Mid 2012 from your friends at Eisenbrauns

Meyers, Eric M., and Meyers, Carol, eds., Archaeology, Bible, Politics, and the Media: Proceedings of the Duke University Conference, April 23-24, 2009 in the Duke Judaic Series, #4.

It was a tremendously important conference and I’m very keen to read the essays. I was supposed to attend but alas, I was in Egypt during the same time-frame. I’m glad this volume will soon be available.  I’m hopeful that people in the media will read it too.

Tomorrow is the Big Day! The Meyers’ Webcast on Archaeology

You still have time to send along your questions.

During a live, interactive “Office Hours” webcast Thursday, Sept. 1, at noon Eastern Time on the Duke Ustream channel, the Meyerses will answer your questions about their archeological work, Jewish history and controversies surrounding artifacts linked to biblical history.  To ask the Meyerses a question — in advance or during the show — send an email to live@duke.edu, tweet with the tag #dukelive or post to the Duke University Facebook page.

Details here.  I sure hope Simcha watches and asks ‘yes, how can I become more than a dilettante?’

My Question for Eric and Carol Meyers

Remember-

In a live webcast Thursday [Sept. 1] at noon, professors Carol and Eric Meyers will respond to viewer questions about the charged combination of biblical archeology, politics and media.

And

During a live, interactive “Office Hours” webcast Thursday, Sept. 1, at noon Eastern Time on the Duke Ustream channel, the Meyerses will answer your questions about their archeological work, Jewish history and controversies surrounding artifacts linked to biblical history.

To ask the Meyerses a question — in advance or during the show — send an email to live@duke.edu, tweet with the tag #dukelive or post to the Duke University Facebook page.

Tune in!

Here’s my question-

Hi Professors,

I’m wondering why you think it is that the sort of pseudo-archaeology made popular on shows on the Discovery Channel seems to capture the public’s attention to the extent that false information eclipses accurate and responsible scholarship.

Thanks very much.

Jim

An Opportunity You Don’t Want to Let Slip Past: Carol and Eric Meyers Answer Your Questions

This is fantastic-

In a live webcast Thursday [Sept. 1] at noon, professors Carol and Eric Meyers will respond to viewer questions about the charged combination of biblical archeology, politics and media.

And

During a live, interactive “Office Hours” webcast Thursday, Sept. 1, at noon Eastern Time on the Duke Ustream channel, the Meyerses will answer your questions about their archeological work, Jewish history and controversies surrounding artifacts linked to biblical history.

To ask the Meyerses a question — in advance or during the show — send an email to live@duke.edu, tweet with the tag #dukelive or post to the Duke University Facebook page.

Tune in!

Uh Oh… Potti’s in the Potty

A Duke University cancer scientist resigned Friday amid concerns about his research that arose after the university started probing whether he’d lied on a grant application. School spokeswoman Debbe Geiger also said another researcher at the school is asking the journal Nature Medicine to retract a paper he published with Anil Potti, the scientist who’s stepping down. Potti’s collaborator Joseph Nevins said some of the tests in the research they produced for that paper can not be duplicated. Other papers submitted by Potti are also being reviewed, and three clinical trials based on his research have been closed, Geiger said.

Uh oh, it looks like Potti’s career is in the toilet. I wonder how such scandalous behavior could come from a person with an ‘accredited’ degree… They must not have taught ethics at the ‘accredited’ school he attended.  [Remark concerning ‘Anil’ left aside for Roland Boer].

Duke’s Totally Depraved Frat Brats

Entrance to the Medical Center at Duke University

Duke University fraternities Sigma Nu and Alpha Delta Phi ended what was a difficult month for the school by sending out derogatory and insulting Halloween invitations to female guests. The Duke Chronicle reports that the emails, which include the phrases “come and show off the costumes you put more thought into than your major” and “fear is riding the C1 with Helen Keller at the helm (not because shes [sic] deaf and blind, but because she is a woman)” would have gone unnoticed if they had not been printed out and posted around campus by an unidentified student, replete with the hand-written statements “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention” and “Is this why you came to Duke?”

They’re fraternity brats. Can better be expected of them? It doesn’t matter what school they attend, frat boys are, to a ‘man’, drunken imbeciles who care more about random sex (with girls and each other) than they do about school. That’s why they join fraternities.  So treating women like trash is just what they do.  It’s who they are.