Dr. Gabriel Barkay speaks about Temple Mount discoveries

February 8, 2007

MILWAUKEE - Dr. Gabriel Barkay, professor or biblical archaeology at Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv, will speak at Wisconsin Lutheran College Tuesday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m. He has spent many years excavating in and around Jerusalem, most recently sifting debris from the Temple Mount. The Milwaukee Area Biblical Archaeology Society invites the public to hear about his latest discoveries in Jerusalem.

Barkay's specialties include the archaeology of Jerusalem, burials and burial customs, as well as art, epigraphy and glyptics in the Iron Age. He has published many articles in scholarly periodicals and is the recipient of the prestigious Jerusalem Prize in Archaeology. Barkay's most famous discoveries are small silver plaques containing the Aaronic benediction from the Book of Numbers found in his Hinnom Valley excavations. These plaques are believed to contain the oldest know biblical text.

The presentation will be held in Room 034 in the college's Science Hall at 8800 West Bluemound Road. The presentation is free and open to the public. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Glen Thompson (Wisconsin Lutheran College) at (414) 443-8945.

The Milwaukee Area Biblical Archaeology Society is a non-profit and non-sectarian organization that promotes the study of the archaeology of Bible lands. MABAS organizes lectures throughout the school year by internationally-recognized archaeologists. Lectures are held at Wisconsin Lutheran College and are free and open to the public. For further information email or call (414) 443-8945.