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2011.11.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Welcomes Biblical Archeology Conference Nov. 10 - 12

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host the 13th annual Batchelder Conference for Biblical Archeology from Thursday, Nov. 10 through Saturday, Nov. 12. The conference features biblical scholars from around the world who will be discussing their most recent findings.

One of the major focuses for the conference this year is UNO’s Bethsaida Excavations Project, which is managed by UNO’s International Studies and Programs department. The project brings together scholars and students to uncover and study artifacts on the northeast side of the Sea of Galilee.

UNO’s Rami Arav, from the Department of Philosophy and Religion, who discovered the lost city of Bethsaida in 1987, will join fellow scholar James Charlesworth of the Princeton Theological Seminary, in giving keynote addresses at the conference. Charlesworth will discuss the continued analysis of the Dead Sea Scrolls while Arav will recap nearly 25 years of excavation at the Bethsaida site.

Other topics of interest at this year’s conference include biblical translation, the political climate during biblical times and the overlap of philosophy and archeology.

All sessions, including the keynote addresses, at the Batchelder Conference are free and open to the public although a $5 donation is encouraged at the door. All conference events will take place at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center at 6705 Dodge St. in Omaha on the west end of the UNO campus.

For more information and a full schedule of the conference proceedings, please visit http://www.unomaha.edu/bethsaida/ or contact Shane Pekny at (402) 554.4040 or by email at spekny@unomaha.edu.

Bethsaida Excavation Site

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