Dr. Jodi Magness to speak about ancient synagogues

Date posted: March 1, 2011

MILWAUKEE - Dr. Jodi Magness, senior endowed chair in the department of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will speak at Wisconsin Lutheran College on March 8. The 7:00 p.m. lecture is presented by the Milwaukee Area Biblical Archaeology Society.

Today we take it for granted that Jews worship in synagogues. But in antiquity, the focal point for the worship of the God of Israel was the Jerusalem temple. Where and when did synagogues begin to develop? How do ancient synagogues (like those in which Jesus and Paul preached) compare with the modern institution? Prof. Magness will address these and other questions in her slide-illustrated lecture.

Dr. Jodi Magness

Prof. Magness specializes in the fields of ancient Mediterranean religions and Islamic studies, with research interests in the areas of early Judaism and the archaeology of Palestine. She has published a number of journal articles and books, including the award-winning The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Eerdmans, 2002) and The Archaeology of the Early Islamic Settlement in Palestine (Eisenbraums, 2003). Magness has participated on 20 excavations in Israel and Greece. In June 2011, she will begin a new excavation project at Huqoq in Galilee.

The presentation will be held in the Schwan Concert Hall in the college's Center for Arts and Performance, 8815 West Wisconsin Avenue. It is free and open to the public.

The Milwaukee Area Biblical Archaeology Society promotes the study of the archaeology of Bible lands. It organizes lectures throughout the school year by internationally recognized archaeologists. For further information call Prof. Glen Thompson at 414.443.8945 or email