Now in its 17th year, the annual conference is open to the public with no pre-registration required. A one-time $10 admission fee (accepted at the door) covers the entire conference. Students will be admitted free of charge, and are asked to bring a student ID.
Dr. Lawrence H. Schiffman will open the conference Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. with his talk, “Archaeology and Text: Khirbet Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Schiffman is Director of the Global Network for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies at New York University, and a professor in the school’s Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies.
Dr. James D. Tabor will deliver the conference’s second featured address Friday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. His talk is titled “How an Enochian Vision of the Cosmos Took Over the World: Ascent to Heaven, Astral Immortality, and the World to Come in Emerging Judaism and Early Christianity.” Tabor is an expert in ancient Judaism and early Christianity and a professor in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Religious Studies.
Twelve other scholars will present during the day on Friday and Saturday. The full conference schedule can be found here: http://www.unomaha.edu/international-studies-and-programs/bethsaida/_files/docs/batchelder-glance.pdf
UNO’s Bethsaida Biblical Archaeology project will remain a major focus of the conference this year. Since 1990, UNO has led a consortium of institutions in uncovering and studying artifacts at the site on the northeast shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Bethsaida is one of the most frequently mentioned towns in the New Testament, which describes it as the hometown of five apostles and the site where Jesus performed several miracles.
The annual Batchelder Conference is named in honor of Clifton B. Batchelder and his wife, Anne Stuart Batchelder - former Nebraska political leaders and longtime trustees of the Omaha community. The couple gave an endowment for the conference to ensure that it would be supported annually.
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