The Milwaukee Area Biblical Archaeology Society presents Dr. Dan Schowalter

Date posted: March 19, 2014

Milwaukee – Dr. Dan Schowalter will speak at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Monday, April 7, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. on the topic of "Gateway to Caesarea Philippi: A Regional Look at the Omrit Temple Complex in Northern Galilee." The lecture is presented by the Milwaukee Area Biblical Archaeology Society.

Schowalter's lecture will focus on archaeological work at Omrit in northern Israel. Since 1999, the Omrit Excavations Team has uncovered a three-phase Roman Temple site dating from the mid-first century BCE to the fourth century CE. Now as publication of the temple complex proceeds, work on the surrounding settlement continues to reveal new information about the site and the surrounding region. This analysis confirms the tight connection between Omrit and Caesarea Philippi, a site made famous in Matthew and Mark's account of "Peter's Confession." (Matthew 16:13-20; Mark 8:27-30)

Schowalter's academic interests include archaeology, the development of the New Testament, and honors offered to the Roman Emperors. He is co-director of the excavation of a Roman temple site at Omrit in northern Israel. He is on the editorial board for the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Oxford Biblical Studies Online project. Schowalter also serves on the steering committee for the Archaeology of Religion in the Roman World section for the Society of Biblical Literature and the Colloquium for Material Culture and Ancient Religion. Along with Steve Friesen, he is co-editor of Urban Religion in Roman Corinth: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Harvard University Press, 2005). He is co-editor with Steve Friesen and James Walters of Corinth in Context: Comparative Studies on Religion and Society (Brill, 2010) and with Steve Friesen and Sarah James of Corinth in Contrast: Studies in Inequality (Brill, 2014).

The presentation will be held in the Reichel Lecture Hall (FM 15) on the mezzanine level of the college's Center for Arts and Performance, 8815 W. 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 academic year.