On Tuesday evenings from 7  to 8 p.m. in the Salida Rotary Scout Hut, retired Israeli Antiquities Authority and Archaeologist, Dr. Avriel Schwartz has been conducting a 10-part lecture series on the material culture of the Old Testament. The next session is scheduled for Aug. 20.  This sixth lecture of the series “Archaeologists will Date Any Old Thing” is titled, “The Hyksos Invasion of Egypt, Exodus 1.1-6:1″.

“This year’s series will focus on archaeology and material culture of the Old Testament,” said Schwartz. “Giving us a chance to examine and discuss what day-to-day life was like for the people who formed the Biblical narrative.”

The remaining lectures in the series will continue through September, with the final session concluding on Sept. 17. After the Aug. 20 presentation, the remaining lectures are as follows:

  • Aug. 27- Sacred and profane, Exodus 30:11-34:25
  • Sept. 3- The Tabernacle: Where if G-D – Does he dwell among us? Exodus 38:21-40:38
  • Sept. 10- When animals talk: Balak and Balaam, Numbers 22:2-25:9
  • Sept. 17- Keeping up with the Joneses, Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11