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Public Lecture: 'From the Period of the Judges to the Fall of the Second Temple: What Can Ancient Inscriptions from Eretz Israel Tell Us?'

Tuesday, 30 October, 2012

Focusing on inscriptions from the ancient Levantine world, this lecture will attempt to describe some of the things that analyses of ancient epigraphic texts can and cannot tell us.  Some of the most hotly debated recent finds will be used as empirical models for the conclusions drawn. 

Christopher Rollston holds the Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and has published widely in the field of Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, focusing most heavily on the inscriptional data.  He is the author of a recent volume entitled, Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel, a volume which was awarded the Frank Moore Cross Award for Epigraphy by the American Schools of Oriental Research.  ProfessorRollston has lectured widely on epigraphic topics at institutions such as Vanderbilt University, Duke University, Brown University, DePaul University.  During the height of the "Forgery Crisis," he lectured at the University of Tennesse and shortly after this, he testified in a Jerusalem Courtroom for the prosecution in a trial about modern epigraphic forgeries.




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