Prof. John Brug to speak about the Philistines

Date posted: February 8, 2011

MILWAUKEE - Dr. John Brug, professor of systematic theology and Old Testament at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, will speak at Wisconsin Lutheran College on February 15 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is presented by the Milwaukee Area Biblical Archaeology Society.

Who were the Philistines? Where did they come from? What are the identifying traits which distinguished the Philistines from their neighbors, the Israelites? Can these traits be seen in the archaeological record? How does the archaeological evidence compare with the literary reports in the Bible and in Egyptian texts? Prof. Brug will address these and other questions in his illustrated lecture.

Prof. Brug has been on a number of archaeological excavations in the Near East and continues to teach workshops on the archaeology of the Ancient Near East. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota with a dissertation analyzing the culture of the ancient Philistines. His recent books include a two-volume commentary on the Psalms and the recently published Digging for Insights: Using Archaeology to Study the Bible (2010).

The presentation will be held in the Reichel Lecture Hall, FM15, 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