Biblical archaeology conference offered Feb. 24

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Southwest Baptist University will open the special exhibit “Khirbet el-Maqatir – A Journey through Biblical History” with a biblical archaeology conference, featuring Dr. Scott Stripling, on Saturday, Feb. 24, on the Bolivar campus.

The program will consist of two presentations and a tour by Stripling, provost of The Bible Seminary and recent director at the Khirbet el-Maqatir excavation.

Registration for the conference begins at 8:30 a.m. with the first presentation — “The Problem of Ai: Solved After 40 years of Excavation in the West Bank” — beginning at 9 a.m. in the Jester Learning and Performance Center. “Mass Murder at Maqatir” will be the presentation at 10, followed by a tour of the exhibit at 11, led by Stripling. The second tour will begin at 11:40.

The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 8 in the Joyce Sells Heritage Center of the Harriet K. Hutchens Library. It features about 50 artifacts from ancient Israel, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Syria. The exhibit will be open Mondays-Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will be closed on holidays and on March 17, March 24 and March 30.

Artifacts that will be on display include pottery vessels, amphora, scarabs, seal impressions, oil lamps, slingstones and city gate door sockets, representing several biblical periods from the time of Abraham to Joshua’s conquest.

Visitors will have the opportunity to view artifacts from 2000 B.C. to the time of Jesus and the Roman era.

Cost for the conference and tour is $10 and may be paid at the door.

Registration fee is waived for SBU faculty, staff and students, who still need to register for the conference and tour.

Registration is available by mail or email. Please include name, email address and preferred, but not guaranteed, tour time.

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