Free lectures featuring some of today's most prominent archaeologists are held throughout the year.
Oct. 22, 2015, 7:30 p.m. / Professor Lawrence Schiffman, Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University / "The People of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Identity, Religion and History"
While archaeologists have recovered many texts and documents from caves lying along the eastern shore of the Dead Sea, the most famous discovery centers on the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts found in 11 caves near the site of Khirbet Qumran and known collectively as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Among the biblical texts, more than 200 manuscripts and fragments preserve portions of every book of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament except for the Book of Esther. In addition, more than 600 nonbiblical scrolls appeared that shed considerable light on Second Temple Judaism. Come hear this world-renowned expert untangle some of the many questions surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls, perhaps the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century.
Nov. 17, 2015 / Professor Leei Levine, Rev. Moses Bernard Lauterman Family Professor Emeritus of the Archaeology of Eretz Yisrael, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem / "How and Why Did Jewish Art Flourish in Late Antiquity as Never Before?"
Dec. 10, 2015 / Professor Ron Tappy, G. Albert Shoemaker Professor of Bible and Archaeology, Director of the Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology, PTS / "Betwixt and Between: The Give and Take of Life in the Borderlands of Biblical Judah" / Cosponsored with The Biblical Archaeology Society of Pittsburgh
Feb. 4, 2016 / Professor Ron Tappy, G. Albert Shoemaker Professor of Bible and Archaeology, Director of the Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology, PTS / "The Samaria Ostraca: Shipping Dockets Discovered on Ancient Israel’s Capital Hill" / Please note: This lecture will be held at Rodef Shalom Synagogue, Pittsburgh, Pa. / Cosponsored with The Biblical Archaeology Society of Pittsburgh
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During one such recent lecture, Richard Talbert, William Rand Kenan professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, discussed "The Magnificent Peutinger Map: Roman Cartography at its Most Creative." Listen to the lecture.
When space is available, archaeology courses at PTS may be audited through the Registrar's Office. Because PTS courses are graduate level, a four year college degree is normally a prerequisite. Check the list of upcoming available courses.