Gender in Archaeology Today: The Key to Understanding Ancient Israel


U of A Hillel
1245 E. 2nd St.
85721 Tucson , AZ


Mon, 09/26/2016 - 4:00pm to Sat, 06/25/2022 - 3:49am


The Sally & Duchin Campus Lecture Series 

Center of Judaic Studies

Professor Beth Alpert Nakhai, University of Arizona 

Until the last few decades, the topic of women in antiquity was virtually unexplored by archaeologists and biblical scholars. Little was known about women’s daily lives, nor about their critically important contributions to social, economic, and religious well-being. For those interested in Iron Age Israel (1200-587 BCE) this might seem surprising, since the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament includes many well-known stories about illustrious – and not so illustrious – women. This talk explores the ways in which traditional scholarship in the fields of archaeology and biblical studies has hampered exploration of the roles of women in the ancient Near East and, specifically, in ancient Israel. It looks at women and the exploration of the ancient Near East, and relates these topics to changing frontiers in scholarship on women in ancient Israel.
Beth Nakhai teaches courses on archaeology, Hebrew Bible, Israelite history, and women in Israel, at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. Her credentials are superior, as she has received her M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and her M.A. and P.h.D. from The University of Arizona. 
Parking will be available at 2nd street garage.