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  • Eric Cline

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

Eric Cline, George Washington University

A “perfect storm of calamities”—earthquakes, droughts and rebellions—caused the demise of the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1500–1200 B.C.). The great empires and mighty kingdoms of the ancient world—the Egyptians, Mycenaeans, Minoans, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Cypriots and Canaanites—all suddenly collapsed. Learn how the lessons of this amazing historical era relate to the ongoing turbulence and uncertainty of our own day.

1 lecture, 53 minutes

  • Ziony Zevit

Abraham and the Binding of Isaac

Ziony Zevit, American Jewish University

Despite an appearance of simplicity, the Biblical narratives are often complicated stories. In the full-length video lecture “Abraham and the Binding of Isaac,” Ziony Zevit examines the context of one of the best-known narratives of the Hebrew Bible, enabling you to experience a worldview very different than our own.

1 lecture, 1 hour, 2 minutes

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Telling Biblical Tales
9H572 $149.95

  • April DeConick

What Happened to God the Mother in the Trinity?

April DeConick, Rice University

In an examination of the textual and archaeological evidence for God the Mother in the earliest Jewish and Christian traditions, this presentation explores how—and why—the figure of God the Mother was erased from mainstream traditions. What was the nature of conflicts over sex and gender in the early church, and what effect did this have on the formation of the Christian institution?

1 lecture, 36 minutes

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Sex, Gender and the Bible
9H3N2 $59.95

Hershel Shanks Interviews Scholars on the Scrolls

Hershel Shanks, editor of Biblical Archaeology Review, hosts this series of informal interviews with five prominent Dead Sea Scrolls scholars. As only he can, Shanks discusses the intriguing personalities behind early scroll scholarship, many of whom were controversial. Listen as Weston Fields, George Brooke, James Charlesworth, Sidnie White Crawford and Joseph Fitzmyer share their stories of the scrolls’ history and impact on Old and New Testament scholarship.

3 lectures, Over 30 minutes each.

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  • Ronald Hendel

The Exodus and Cultural Memory

Ronald Hendel, University of California, Berkeley

Ancient Israel’s Exodus from Egypt, rather than being a single, momentous event that can be confirmed through archaeology, should be viewed as a deep-seated cultural memory that allowed disparate groups of highland villagers and escaped Canaanite slaves to coalesce into a single people. How this story arose and why the early Israelites adopted this memory are key questions, which find coherent answers in the relationship between Canaan and the Egyptian empire of the Late Bronze Age. By fusing historical and fictional memories, the story created the necessary social context for the birth of Israel as a people.

1 lecture, 40 minutes

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Fact, Fiction and Fable in Ancient Israel
9H3N1 $59.95

  • Alan Millard

Folk Tales and Biblical History

Alan Millard, University of Liverpool

Many of the stories from ancient Near Eastern literature are often labeled “folk tales” and are presumed to have no basis in reality—the Biblical texts are no exception. Many stories in the Bible are seen as allegories or folk tales. But when we read these stories, should we just simply label them “folk tales,” or should we investigate the possibility that they may contain some factual elements? This lecture examines this question using several well known examples from the Bible, including the story of Moses’ birth and the Biblical account of King Solomon’s wealth and prestige.

1 lecture, 45 minutes

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Fact, Fiction and Fable in Ancient Israel
9H3N1 $59.95

  • Sandra Richter

Could Mt. Ebal Be Deuteronomy’s “Place of the Name”?

Sandra Richter, Wheaton College in Illinois

A vexing irony inhabits the Book of Deuteronomy. On the one hand, the book makes exclusive worship at a single site chosen by Israel’s God Yahweh the defining criterion of community faithfulness. On the other hand, the book fails to identify the sanctuary’s location. The quest to resolve this conundrum has directed scholarly attention to Shechem, Shiloh, Bethel, Gilgal, Gerizim, and, most recently, Mt. Ebal—all sacred sites identified in early Israel’s settlement traditions. This lecture reviews linguistic, historical and archaeological evidence that may help us identify where Deuteronomy’s “place of the name” was actually located.

1 lecture, 53 minutes

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Fact, Fiction and Fable in Ancient Israel
9H3N1 $59.95

  • Eric Cline

The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel Aren’t Lost (and never were)

Eric Cline, George Washington University

Speculating on the whereabouts of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel has been popular for longer than the search for the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail. Suggestions for where they ended up have ranged from America and Britain to India and Africa, and virtually every place in between. However, few proper investigations of this “mystery” have been conducted. Now, utilizing three separate and completely independent sources—the Biblical account, contemporary neo-Assyrian inscriptions, and archaeological remains from both the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah—it can be confidently shown that the Ten Tribes of Israel were never lost.

1 lecture, 46 minutes

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Fact, Fiction and Fable in Ancient Israel
9H3N1 $59.95

  • Tabor

Jerusalem Discoveries from the Time of Jesus

James D. Tabor, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

In this exclusive collection of video lectures, renowned Biblical scholar James D. Tabor reviews some of the most exciting and controversial archaeological discoveries from Jerusalem in recent years, including his important findings from the Talpiot tombs and the Mt. Zion excavation. In his characteristically accessible and familiar style, Tabor examines questions surrounding the authenticity of the James ossuary, spells out why he believes the Talpiot tomb may have been revered as the burial place of Jesus and his family, and explores what the Mt. Zion excavations are revealing about the Jerusalem that Jesus knew.

4 lectures, over 45 minutes each

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Biblical Controversies and Enigmas
9HLP5 $169.95

  • Levy

Cyber-Archaeology: Insights from the Holy Land

Thomas E. Levy, University of California, San Diego

In this lecture given to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, UC San Diego professor Thomas Levy discusses how new digital technologies are transforming archaeology in the 21st century and helping to preserve the world’s cultural heritage. Using examples from various archaeological projects in the Holy Land, including his ongoing fieldwork at the ancient copper mining site of Faynan (Biblical Punon) in modern Jordan, Levy introduces viewers to the ever-expanding digital toolkit of modern archaeology, from LiDAR scanning and enhanced mapping techniques to 3D virtual recreations of excavation environments.

1 lecture, 40 minutes

  • Zuckerman

Technology and Antiquity

Bruce Zuckerman, University of Southern California

Professor Zuckerman highlights the exciting new ways that ancient technologies allow us to decipher ancient texts and artifacts. In this dynamic presentation, he literally shines a light on some of the most important inscriptions in the field of Biblical archaeology, from the Copper Scroll to Ugaritic texts. Zuckerman’s demonstration of the groundbreaking InscriptiFact software answers critical questions on ancient Jewish coinage, the Dead Sea Scroll scribes and much more.

1 lecture, 56 minutes

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Antiquity and the Modern World
9H0N3 $79.95

  • Ehrman

Uncovering Early Christianity—The Best of Bart Ehrman

Bart Ehrman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman’s bestselling books have introduced the general public to some of the most challenging and controversial ideas of modern Biblical scholarship. Now, BAS Library members can watch or listen to four exclusive full-length lectures by Ehrman on topics ranging from forgeries and counter-forgeries in the New Testament to how and when Jesus became divine. Start uncovering the hidden world of early Christianity today!

4 lectures, over 45 minutes each.

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God, the Bible and Human Suffering
9HLC6 $79.95

  • Leith

Shock and Awe: The Exodus Narrative

Mary Joan Winn Leith, Stonehill College

Regular Biblical Archaeology Review contributor Mary Joan Winn Leith provides a fresh perspective on the language and imagery of the Book of Exodus by exploring ancient Egyptian iconography of power and authority. Through their acute awareness of Egyptian propaganda and art, the biblical writers and storytellers successfully inverted the very same imagery to illustrate Pharaoh’s ineptitude when confronted by Moses and the Israelite God Yahweh.

1 lecture, 53 minutes.

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Shock and Awe: The Exodus Narrative
9HLP7 $19.95

  • Coogan

Yahweh’s Wives

Michael D. Coogan, Stonehill College

In this intriguing lecture, noted Biblical scholar and archaeologist Michael D. Coogan tackles the complex issue of Yahweh’s wives. According to Coogan, the issue of Yahweh’s wives, particularly the goddess Asherah, is a most interesting topic from the perspective of the history of religions, illuminated by both canonical and non-canonical sources, as well as archaeology. Coogan shares a number of fascinating images to support his notion that the “notoriously inconsistent” ancient Biblical texts need to be studied carefully, especially since so many today appeal to the Bible in support of their values.

1 lecture, 50 minutes.

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The Bible in Context
9HLS3 $119.95

  • Routledge

What We Don’t Know about the Biblical Moab

Dr. Bruce Routledge, University of Liverpool

External origins and the displacement of nations have been themes exhibited throughout the Bible and studied through biblical archaeology. Dr. Bruce Routledge questions whether the role of Moab as portrayed in the Bible has helped or impeded with the archaeological study of Moab in the Iron Age, the period of the emergence of Israel. Routledge argues that “by not separating the Bible and archaeology in the first instance, we forgo not only the opportunity to understand and access an ancient world...but forgo the opportunity to learn anything new about the Bible itself.” With examples from his own research in south-central Jordan, Routledge supports his argument by examining the connections between the Bible and archaeology with and without the full understanding of either medium.

1 lecture, 56 minutes.

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Archaeology and the Bible
9HBF9 $104.95

  • Strange

The Archaeology of “Jewish Christianity”

James F. Strange, University of South Florida

Many scholars agree on the odd symbols found over the years: they represent the human imprint left by Jewish Christians. But some others like Biblical minimalists question whether the unusual strokes of a seemingly Latin cross aren’t merely remnants from a painter cleaning his brush. Professor Strange will enlighten you with stories and images from many sites in and around Jerusalem, stressing the importance of archaeological methodology to come to a reasonable conclusion of what has been found.

1 lecture, 56 minutes.

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Dirt, Bones, Potsherds and Stones
9HLP4 $99.95

  • Flint

Isaiah in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Peter W. Flint, Trinity Western University, Canada

Professor Flint takes you on a journey from Jerusalem to the wilderness of Judea—and into the caves of Qumran, where many of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds. He recounts the story of their discovery, reviews various Scroll manuscripts and shares an interesting analysis comparing the Old Testament books favored by the Jewish Essenes versus the early Christians. Flint focuses on The Book of Isaiah, one of the three most popular Biblical books appreciated by these similar, yet very different groups. Quoting the well-known verse Isaiah 40:3: “A voice of one calling: In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God,” Flint explains how all four gospel writers included parts of this verse in their texts.

1 lecture, 56 minutes.

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The Bible in Context
9HLS3 $119.95

  • Hoffmeier

Recent Explorations in the Sinai: Implications for the Hebrew Exodus from Egypt

James Hoffmeier, University of Toronto

This lecture is part of the series, Archaeology and the Bible, a collection of 7 essential lectures from world renowned scholars. The series offers an amazing scope of both of these subjects whether you consider “Biblical” and “Archaeology” as one discipline or two. Professor James Hoffmeier’s presentation, Recent Explorations in the Sinai: Implications for the Hebrew Exodus from Egypt, establishes the relevance for archaeology for understanding the Exodus.

1 lecture, 123 minutes.

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Archaeology and the Bible
9HBF9 $104.95

  • Chilton

The Temple, Aramaic Epigraphy and the Historical Jesus

Bruce Chilton, Bard College

The Temple, Aramaic Epigraphy and the Historical Jesus, is included in the lecture series Jesus and the Second Temple: The World of Early Judaism and Christianity. This is an opportunity to better understand the cultural norms at the birth of Judaism and Christianity. The other popular lecturers in this dynamic 5 lecture collection are Craig Evans, Amy-Jill Levine, Bart Ehrman and Ben Witherington.

1 lecture, 50 minutes.

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Jesus and the Second Temple
9HLX1 $119.95

  • Rohrbaugh

Honor and Shame: Core Values in the Biblical World

Richard Rohrbaugh, Lewis & Clark College

Professor Rohrbaugh elucidates the concepts of honor and shame, which he identifies as core values in Mediterranean culture and thus of the Biblical world. He concentrates on passages in the New Testament that are influenced by the culture of the region and highlights the important role of honor and shame in those verses. This is part of the 10 lecture series, Peasants, Widows, Bandits and Beggars by Professor Rohrbaugh that discusses the social and cultural context of early Christian writings. A must not only for understanding the Mediterranean world of the Bible, but the cultural underpinnings of the contemporary middle east.

1 lecture, 56 minutes: entire set 6 hrs and 45 minutes.

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Honor and Shame DVD
9HB37 $19.95
Audio CD $13.95

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Peasants, Widows, Bandits and Beggars
9HLD1 $99.95

  • Dever

How Archaeology Illuminates the Bible

William G. Dever

A comprehensive introduction to archaeology and the Hebrew Bible in eight lectures by master teacher and world-famous archaeologist William G. Dever, created exclusively for the Biblical Archaeology Society. The series starts with the Patriarchs and ends with the Babylonian destruction. Each lecture includes articles for further study. All eight lectures are available streaming for free or for purchase.

8 lectures, 1 hour each.