Those in the Kansas City and/or Chicago area have a special opportunity next week to hear lectures by Dr. Aren Maeir, the archaeologist who has excavated ancient Gath since the mid-1990’s.
Bible students will recall Gath as one of the cities of the Philistine pentapolis. Gath was the hometown of Goliath and also one of cities where the captured Ark was taken. David went to Gath on two occasions while fleeing Saul, and was granted asylum on his second attempt.
On next Tuesday, April 22nd, Aren will be at the University of Kansas lecturing at the Jewish Studies Program on the topic, “Canaanites, Philistines, and Others at Tel es-Safi/Gath – the Hometown of Biblical Goliath.”
On Wednesday, April 23rd, he will be at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. He will lecture there on, “New Light on the Biblical Philistines: Recent Study on the Frenemies of Ancient Israel.”
I’ve heard Dr. Maeir speak several times. If you can make it, it will be an enjoyable and interesting experience. His work at Tel es-Safi/Gath has produced a lot of information on the origins and culture of the ancient Philistines, as well as insights into historical events mentioned in the Bible.
So… how much will it cost to temporarily abandon my family and fly up from Florida for these lectures?? After the winter they’ve had up there, I suppose they deserve a few perks.
HT: Joe Lauer