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Archeologist’s talk aims to bring time of Jesus and early Judaism alive

What do recent archeological discoveries tell us about early Judaism in the time of Jesus?

Renowned biblical archeologist Jodi Magness will address this question and others at a free public lecture entitled “Unearthing the

Registration for this event ended March 8. If you would still like to attend, click here to add you name to the list, but understand that space may or may not be available when you arrive.

Truth: Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls,” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 13. The Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Franklin will host the lecture, which aims to unlock the mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Israel's Qumran archelogical site through a fascinating illustrated presentation.

MagnessAccording to Magness, Qumran is one of the most remarkable and interesting archeological sites in the world. The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered nearby, are among the most important archeological discoveries ever made, she argues.

scroll text“Study of Qumran and the scrolls has provided invaluable information about Judaism and the Jewish world in the last centuries B.C.E., and can help understand the common soil from which both Christianity and rabbinical Judaism arose,” she says.

QumranMagness’ lecture, with photographs, will explore the archeological remains of Qumran, which was inhabited by members of a Jewish sect who deposited the scrolls in nearby caves. She will also examine the meaning and significance of the approximately 1,000 scrolls.

Magness currently holds the senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism and is currently the first vice president of the Archaeological Institute of America. She has a Ph.D. in classical archeology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Magness has published 10 books, including the award-winning The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls (2002). Her books also include Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus (2011), and The Archaeology of the Holy Land from the Destruction of Solomon’s Temple to the Muslim Conquest (2012). She has participated in 20 different excavations in Israel and Greece. Since 2011, Magness has directed excavations at the Huqoq site in Galilee.

The Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies was established in 2010 to strengthen the relations between people of two great faith traditions. It strives to instill the knowledge, understanding and skills to advance interreligious dialogue and relations in future Catholic priests and religious leaders who serve across the United States, Canada and throughout the world. The Lux Center is the only program of its kind at a Roman Catholic Seminary in the United States.

The Lux Center and Sacred Heart are at 7335 S. Highway 100 (U.S. Highway 45) in Franklin, Wis. The lecture will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 13. Map.

Admission is free but attendees must register by March 8. There is no need for each person in your party to register. Just give your own name and the number in your party, including yourself.

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