Tandy Institute


Current Lectures and Conferences

Conference: The Foothills of Judah- Recent Archaeological Investigations

Dates: Monday, November 13th, 2017 - Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Time: Monday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
            Tuesday, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: Riley Center, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary campus

Registration: Early bird (by 11/3): Regular- $40; Student- $20
                         Standard: Regular- $50; Student- $25

This conference will feature a full day of presentations on the latest discoveries and trends in the archaeological and historical studies of the Judean foothills from both Israeli and American archaeologists, culminating in a free public lecture on the Judahite fortified town at Tel Burna by the field director of the Tel Burna Excavation Project, Dr. Itzhaq Shai. The second day will consist of a workshop with the head staff of the Tel Burna Excavation Project. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days.

Featured speakers include Dr. Itzhaq Shai (Ariel University), Dr. Steve Ortiz (SWBTS), and Chris McKinny (Texas A&M University Corpus Christi).

Register here.

Conference Schedule

Monday, November 13th, 2017
8:00am-9:00am              Registration and Breakfast (Riley Center, South End)

9:00am-9:15am               Welcome: Dr. Tom Davis, Associate Director of the Tandy (Riley                                                              Center 150)

Morning Sessions (Riley Center 150)
Chair: Dr. Tom Davis, Tandy Institute for Archaeology

Archaeology and History of the Shephelah
9:20am-9:40am              Recent Trends in the Archaeology of the Shephelah, Steve Ortiz,                                                            SWBTS
9:40am-10:00am           History of the Shephelah: Bible, Archaeology, and Geography, Chris                                                    McKinny, Texas A&M- Corpus Christi
10:10am-10:30am          Archaeology of Judah, Itzhaq Shai, Ariel University

10:30am-10:45am         Break

Recent Excavations at Tel Gezer
10:45am-11:30am          A Decade of Discovery- Tel Gezer, Steve Ortiz, SWBTS
11:40am-12:00pm         Solomon's Gezer: City Planning and Design, Cameron Coyle, SWBTS
12:10pm-12:30pm         Merneptah's Destruction: Recent Evidence from Gezer, Marcella                                                           Barbosa, SWBTS

12:30pm-2:00pm          Lunch (Riley Center, Lane)

Afternoon Sessions (Riley Center 150)
Chair: Dr. Steve Ortiz, Tandy Institute for Archaeology

The Tel Burna Excavation Project
2:00pm-2:30pm            Geography of the Libnah District, Chris McKinny, Texas A&M- Corpus                                                 Christi
2:30pm-3:00pm            "If You Weave the Seven Braids of my Head into the Fabric on the                                                         Loom and Tighten It with the Pin" (Judges 16:13) Delilah's Loom:                                                           Evidence for Weaving from Tel Burna, Deborah Cassuto, Bar Ilan                                                             University

3:00pm-3:15pm             Break

3:15pm-3:45pm              The Fortifications at Tel Burna, Aharon Tavger, Ariel University

4:00pm-5:00pm            Public Lecture: Tel Burna: A Judahite Fortified Town, Itzhaq Shai,                                                  Ariel University

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
8:00am-9:00am           Registration and Breakfast (Riley Center, South End)

9:00am-12:00pm         Tel Burna Workshop (Riley Center 250)
This workshop will be informal presentations and discussions of the Burna Excavation Project that will include topics such as the project's history, research design, research goals, field school, current and upcoming issues, and more

12:00pm-1:00pm         Boxed Lunch

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Lecture: Dr. Itzhaq Shai

Tel Burna: A Judahite Fortified Town

Date: Monday, November 13th, 2017

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Room 150, Riley Center, SWBTS campus

Lecture is free and open to the public

Come hear about the ancient site of Tel Burna from its lead excavator- Dr. Itzhaq Shai. Burna is located in the foothills of Israel and its excavators think it is likely the biblical town of Libnah. It was located on the border of the Iron Age kingdom of Judah, a border they shared with their enemies, the Philistines. Thus, this town has much to tell us about how the Judahite kingdom protected its borders and interacted with its neighbors, not to mention what daily life was like for the ancient people of Judah over 2,500 years ago.



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