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2009.09.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Biblical Archaeology Conference Oct. 29-31 at UNO

Omaha - Scholars from around the world will present the latest research on excavations at Bethsaida, an ancient city located near the north coast of the Sea of Galilee in Israel, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

The 11th annual Batchelder Biblical Archaeology Conference is Oct. 29-31 at the Thompson Alumni Center on the UNO campus.

Biblical scholars from the U.S. and around the world will host presentations about their research. This year’s conference will welcome Dr. Oded Borowski as one of two keynote speakers. Dr. Borowski found and chaired the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Languages and Literatures, now the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies. He is professor of Biblical Archaeology and Hebrew Language, and director of Mediterranean Archaeology at Emory University.

Dr. Borowski was born in Israel (then Palestine), and studied at the Absalom Institute for Homeland Studies in Tel Aviv. He received B.H.L. and a teaching certificate from the Midrasha-College of Jewish Studies in Detroit in 1968; a B.A. in History and Anthropology (1970) from Wayne State University; A.M. (1972) and Ph.D. (1979) in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Borowski participated in the excavations of Tell Gezer (1971-73), Tell Dan( 1974), Ashkelon (1995), Beth Shemesh (1997) and Tell Halif (1976-present). Other research projects include remote sensing and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) with NASA.

The other keynote presenter is Dr. Dan Bahat. After earning his Ph.D. in medieval history from Hebrew University, Dr. Bahat served as a Research Fellow at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem, received several prestigious awards and addressed Pope John Paul II on the topic of Jerusalem archaeology. Dr. Bahat served the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) as the Chief Archaeologist of Jerusalem for 35 years, then as a scholar at Bar-Ilan University, and is currently affiliated with the University of Toronto.

In 1991, the Consortium of the Bethsaida Excavations Project (CBEP) was formed and has been housed at UNO since its inception. Its mission is to excavate the ancient city of Bethsaida, research the data discernible from the remains and disseminate the conclusions to both academic and popular audiences.

To register or for more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Steve Reynolds, Bethsaida Excavations project coordinator, at streynolds@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-3108.

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