Daniel Master, professor of archaeology at Wheaton College, will speak at Southern Adventist University on March 21 and 22 as part of the Gerhard F. Hasel Lectureship on Biblical Scholarship and Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum Lecture Series.
On March 21 at 7 p.m. in Ackerman Auditorium, Master will speak on “Transformations in the Twelfth Century BC: The Coming of the Philistines to Ashkelon,” which highlights excavations at the oldest and largest seaport in ancient Canaan. The talk emphasizes social, religious, and commercial connections. On March 22 at 11 a.m. in the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, Master will present “On Philistines and Philistinism,” covering the work at Ashkelon and focusing on connections between God’s people and high culture, as seen both historically in Ashkelon, and in today’s society.
“We hope these lectures will encourage students to do their own Biblical studies and inspire them to a stronger confidence in the Bible,” said Michael Hasel, School of Religion professor and Institute of Archaeology director at Southern.
Master is co director of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon and chief editor of Oxford University Press’ forthcoming encyclopedia on The Bible and Archaeology. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. In addition to presenting two lectures, Master will guest teach select classes in Southern's School of Religion.
“It’s a privilege to have such a well-known biblical archaeologist come to campus,” Hasel said. “We look forward to an exciting dialogue between students and faculty.”
Southern’s School of Religion, recognizing the academic value for students, has two archaeological lectureships. The Gerhard F. Hasel lecture series began in 2002, and was named in memory of a former professor and theologian at Southern who was killed in a car accident. The Lynn H. Wood lecture series began 2008 and bears the name of a former Southern Adventist University president. Southern's previous lectures on archaeology, dating back several years, are archived and can be viewed here.
Both events this week are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the School of Religion at 423.236.2976.