Seminars

  • Biblical Lecture seminars for clergy

    The Israel tourist Office are delighted to present a biblical lecture seminar on three 3 topics:

    The Merneptah Stele and the archaeological evidence of ancient Israel:

    Many of the biblical stories were challenged by historians and critical readers and the Bible was read with critic eyes looking to disprove many of its basic stories along with many of its messages. The Merneptah Stele is the earliest archaeological reference to the people of Israel outside the bible (as early as 13th century B.C.E). Following that inscription, we will get acquainted with some of the most important biblical archaeological findings of famous inscriptions – relating to biblical stories such as: The Meisha stele, the black obelisk of Shalmaneser, the kurkh monolith, the Siloam inscription and the recently found Bula of King Hezekiah son of king Ahaz.  

    The Dead Sea as the Birth place of Christianity:

    Historic testimonials and ancient documents shed new light on the early days of the Christian faith. Who were the early Christians? How many were they? What did Christian practice in the early days look like? And why did they flock to the Judean desert and the Dead Sea?

    We will compare the stories of the New Testament with external documented testimonials from the times of Jesus and the 1st century A.D.

    The lost Gospels:

    We will present the new ideas, regarding the role of Apocrypha in Judeo-Christian early communities. Some of the Apocrypha books will talked about along with those known as Gospels (which were not canonized by the early church and therefor did not get into the New Testament).

    We will touch innovative ideas to explain the unique circumstances of early Judeo-Christian communities and the role that the sacred books played in that time. We will also talk about the figure of Mary Magdalene. Who was Mary Magdalene? Why did Pope Gregorius in 591 A.D. decide to unite the 3 women named Mary of the New Testament into one figure of a sinner?

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    In addition to the above seminar we will be presenting a short talk on how to organise, promote and lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

    For the first time various artefacts from the time of Jesus will be exhibited at each seminar from the Israel Museum and the City of David.

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