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LECTURE: Armageddon and the Roman VIth Ferrata Legion: Excavations at Legio

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

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Join us for the David A. Kipper Ancient Israel Lecture Series

Matthew J. Adams, Director, W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem          

Lecture: Armageddon and the Roman VIth Ferrata Legion: New Excavations at Legio, Israel

In the late 1st and early 2nd Centuries CE, dangerous Jewish (and incipient Christian) rebels were causing problems for the Roman Empire in Palestine. Though the First Revolt resulted in the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE and in the establishment of a permanent base of the Xth Legion there, these groups continued to harass their overlords. Historical sources indicate that the Roman VIth Ferrata Legion was deployed to Palestine in the early 2nd Century CE to provide support for the Xth, a sure sign that the rebels were acting up again. The VIth Legion established their base somewhere near Megiddo, but its exact location has been a long-standing question in the archaeology of the period. Using historical and geographical sources, aerial photography, and remote sensing, the Jezreel Valley Regional Project searched for potential locations of the elusive fortress. In 2013 and 2015, one of these locations was examined by excavation, providing the first glimpse of a 2nd Century Roman military base yet uncovered in the entire eastern Empire. Together with the early Christian Prayer hall discovered by Yotam Tepper of the Israel Antiquities authority in 2005 in the adjacent Jewish village of Caparcotani, the new excavations have new implications for Jewish-Christian-Roman relations and for the composition of the Book of Revelation.

7:00-8:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion 8:00-9:00 p.m. Reception

The David Kipper Ancient Israel Lecture Series was established through a gift from Barbara Kipper and the Kipper Family and includes an annual public lecture as well as a lecture for scholars at the Oriental Institute, an internationally renowned center for the study of the ancient Near East. Dr. David Kipper was a clinical psychologist who served on the faculty of Bar Ilan University in Israel as an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. In 1995 he was named a research professor of psychology at Roosevelt University. He wrote extensively on psychotherapy and was the author of the book Psychotherapy through Clinical Role Playing and more than seventy chapters and articles in professional journals. He was a long-standing member of the Oriental Institute Visiting Committee and was well-known for his support of the arts, including the Joffrey Ballet and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

 

Matthew J. Adams

Director

W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research

Jerusalem          

 

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)


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