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2010.09.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Biblical Archaeology Conference Nov. 11-13 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 12th annual Batchelder Biblical Archaeology Conference is Nov. 11-13 at the Thompson Alumni Center on the UNO campus.

Presentations from 14 world-renowned scholars from the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel and Australia will share the latest and most cutting edge information in the scholarship of biblical studies and archaeology. Featured this year is Simcha Jacobovici, the Naked Archaeologist. Jacobovici will excite the audience with his witty, irreverent presentations, much like his work on Vision TV. He will also present his film, “Bethsaida: The Ground Zero of Christianity.”

The opening keynote address is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. Other presentations occur from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13

Tickets are $5 per person, and can be purchased at the door. Those traveling from outside Omaha are invited to stay at the Marriott Residence Inn at a discounted rate; the hotel is walking distance from the UNO campus.

Contributions for the Bethsaida Excavations Project are welcome and tax deductible.

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

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