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Abila Lecture in Biblical Archaeology

The Abila Lecture in Biblical Archaeology is a bi-annual lecture series that promotes understanding of the archaeology and history of the Biblical world to audiences at John Brown University and in Northwest Arkansas. Each year the Abila Lecture will bring in two scholars to speak on the history and archaeology of the Biblical world. Abila Lectures held in the Fall will typically focus on the Old Testament and lectures in the Spring on the New Testament. Funding for the lecture series has been provided by generous donors to John Brown University‚Äôs Abila Archaeological Project which excavates at Abila of the Decapolis in Northern Jordan.  All lectures are free and open to the public.  We hope you will join us.  


Fall 2016 Abila Lecture in Biblical Archaeology


"If Jericho Was Not Razed Is Our Faith in Vain?: Why History Matters"

Thursday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Ozarks


Dr. Tremper Longman - Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CATremper Longman

Dr. Tremper Longman III (B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University; M.Div. Westminster Theological Seminary; M.Phil. and Ph.D. Yale University) is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. He has written over 30 books including commentaries on Genesis, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Daniel, and Nahum. He is co-author along with Iain Provan and Phil Long of A Biblical History of Israel (2nd edition; Westminster John Knox, 2015). In press at the moment are How to Read Job (with John Walton; IVP), Genesis (Story of God Bible Commentary; Zondervan) and The Fear of the Lord is Wisdom: A Theological Introduction to Wisdom Literature in Israel, which is due out in early 2017. His books have been translated into seventeen different languages.  Tremper and his wife Alice have three sons (Tremper IV, Timothy, Andrew) and four granddaughters (Gabrielle, Mia, Ava, and Emerson). For exercise, he enjoys playing squash.



Future Lectures

Spring 2017 - Dr. David Vila, John Brown University


Past Lectures

Spring 2016 - Dr. Robert Smith, Mid-Atlantic Christian University

"Looking for Joseph of Arimathea's Tomb:  Archaeology and the Burial of Jesus" Video


Fall 2015 - Dr. Steven Ortiz, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Tel Gezer: Gateway to Jerusalem - Recent Excavations at King Solomon's Fortified City" Video


Spring 2015 - Dr. David Chapman, Covenant Theological Seminary

"Crucifixion in the Roman World:  a Historical and Archaeological Survey"  Video



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