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UPIKE hosts weekend of discovery with biblical archaeologist

April 22, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Join the University of Pikeville Alumni Association on April 29-30, at 7 p.m. to hear renowned biblical archaeologist Bryant Wood, Ph.D., discuss archaeological mysteries from the Old Testament. Wood is known for his reevaluation of the excavation of Jericho and his work at Khirbet el-Maqatir, a site north of Jerusalem. His visit is part of a series of events leading to a temporary museum exhibit of “biblical proportions” when “Khirbet el-Maqatir: A Journey through Biblical History” is hosted in Pikeville, Ky., for six months beginning in January 2017.

On Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m., Wood will present “Digging up the Truth at Jericho.” Following the work of Kathleen Kenyon in the 1950s, archaeologists concluded that there was no Jericho for Joshua to conquer as recorded in the Bible. But did Kenyon draw the correct conclusions? Join us as Wood reevaluates the archaeology evidence from Jericho and how it supports the biblical account.

On April 30, at 7 p.m., Wood will present “Discovery of the Lost Fortress of Ai.” For most of the 20th century archaeologists concluded that the site of biblical Ai was at a location called et-Tell. However, no archaeological ruins from the time of Joshua were found at the site and some experts concluded the biblical story of Ai was untrue. But were the archaeologists digging at the correct site? Join us as Wood reviews new archeological findings from the site known as Khirbet el-Maqatir and discover the lost fortress of Ai.

Both presentations will be held in Booth Auditorium, Record Memorial Building, level 5.

During Wood’s visit to Pikeville all seminar attendees will be invited to a preview of the upcoming exhibit “Khirbet el-Maqatir and A Journey through Biblical History: An Introduction.” The Pike County Public Library District Friends Group, located at the 126 Lee Street Public Library in Pikeville, will host the exhibit. Wood will be available on Saturday, April 30, for the grand opening of this event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The community is invited to visit with Wood and view approximately 30 artifacts dating from various eras of the biblical period—a preview of the larger exhibit coming to Pikeville in 2017.

Tickets are available now; however, reserved seating is recommended since tickets are limited. Discounts are available for weekend and family passes and also for church groups.

Reserve your seats in advance for Wood’s speaking events by calling the University of Pikeville Alumni Affairs office at (606) 218-5276 or online at www.upike.edu/exhibit/weekend. Out-of-town guests may reserve a room within walking distance of the speaking events in downtown Pikeville by contacting the Hilton Garden Inn and asking for the “Weekend with a Biblical Archaeologist” discount rate.

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