Gender in Archaeology Today: The Key to Understanding Ancient Israel


Mon, 09/26/2016 - 16:00

Until the last few decades, the topic of women in antiquity was virtually unexplored by archaeologists and biblical scholars.  Indeed, little was known about women’s daily lives, nor about their critically important contributions to social, economic, and religious well-being.  For those interested in Iron Age Israel (1200-587 BCE) this might seem surprising, since the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament includes many well-known stories about illustrious – and not so illustrious – women.  This talk explores the ways in which traditional scholarship in the fields of archaeology and biblical studies has hampered exploration of the roles of women in the ancient Near East and, more specifically, in ancient Israel.  It looks at women and the exploration of the ancient Near East, at women in fieldwork, employment, publications, and professional societies – and relates these topics to changing frontiers in scholarship on women in ancient Israel.

Beth Nakhai teaches courses on archaeology, Hebrew Bible, Israelite history, and women in ancient Israel, at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, The University of Arizona.  She received her M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Arizona. Her publications focus on the lives of women in antiquity, and on Canaanite and Israelite religion and culture.  Her books include Archaeology and the Religions of Canaan and Israel and several edited volumes.  She is the author of numerous articles, and lectures nationally and internationally.  She served on the Board of Directors of the American Schools of Oriental Research and chairs its Initiative on the Status of Women.  She is now a trustee of the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.  Her current projects include the publication of the Tell el-Wawiyat (Israel) Excavation Project, and the Survey on Field Safety: Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean Basin.

This lecture will take place at Hillel on the University of Arizona campus located at 1245 East 2nd street. The lecture will begin at 4 P.M. 

Parking will be available at 2nd street garage. 



University of Arizona Hillel Foundation
1225 E. Second St.
85721 Tucson , AZ