Jerusalem in Bible and Archaeology
Thursdays, October October 5-26, 6:30-7:30pm at First-Plymouth. Led by Dr. Lucas Schulte Register with firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-476-7565 ext239.
Contested for millennia and sacred to the Abrahamic religions, Jerusalem remains the center of the world for millions of people today. But how did this all begin? Using archaeology, the Bible, and other texts of the ancient Near East, this class will explore Jerusalem from David's conquest, to its rise in the 8th century B.C.E., to its destruction by the Babylonians, and to the return and rebuilding of Jerusalem by Ezra and Nehemiah. Come learn about the Temple of Solomon in its ancient Near Eastern context. See the remains of King Hezekiah's impressive Broad Wall and Water Tunnel built to defend against the Assyrian Empire. Hear of Jerusalem's tragic fall to the Babylonian Empire. Finally, learn of the return and rebuilding of Jerusalem under the Persian Empire, including the remains of the Persian governor's palace and royal gardens at Ramat Rahel on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
Dr. Lucas Schulte is a university professor specializing in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. He has excavated in Israel at Ramat Rahel and Tell Akko. Dr. Schulte is also the author of the book My Shepherd, though You Do not Know Me: The Persian Royal Propaganda Model in the Nehemiah Memoir.