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Fall Cooley Lecture

This year’s Fall Cooley Lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at 7:00 PM, in room 219 on the Charlotte Campus. Our speaker will be Dr. Robert E. Cooley, world-famous scholar and President Emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The topic will be “Household Archaeology: My Career Lies in Ruins.”

In this illustrated lecture, Dr. Cooley will discuss domestic household settings and mortuary rituals. First, excavations at Tell Dothan, et Tell (Ai), and Khirbet Radanna will be featured, along with Israelite pillared houses for the extended family, household vessels, cisterns, food silos, and metal tools, all of which will shed light on domestic activities during the Iron Age (1200 to 800 BC). Second, Canaanite family mortuary rituals will be discussed, shedding light on views of life and death during the Late Bronze Age (1400-1200 BC). In addition, the role of the family as portrayed in the Hebrew Bible will be illuminated, and, implications for understanding Jesus’ ministry will be highlighted. Also, Dr. Cooley has been asked to share the personal dimensions of “a career in ruins.” A display of household lamps will be available for viewing.

Please bring your family, colleagues, and friends to enjoy this special lecture on the Biblical Archaeology.