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Biblical Archaeology Congress Set for 1990
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Israel Exploration Society, the Second International Congress on Biblical Archaeology will be held in Jerusalem from June 24 to July 4, 1990. The Congress will provide scholars engaged in the various disciplines within Biblical archaeology a chance to present the latest results of their research. Visits to archaeological excavations, hosted by the excavators, will also be included in the program. The event is being organized by the Israel Exploration Society and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, who sponsored the first International Congress on Biblical Archaeology in 1984. (See “Jerusalem Rolls Out Red Carpet for Biblical Archaeology Congress,” BAR 10:04.)
As in 1984, scholars and students from near and far are invited to participate. Information will be available from the Israel Exploration Society, P.O. Box 7041, Jerusalem, Israel.
Once again, BAS hopes to offer a tour to the International Congress, as we did so successfully in 1984. Watch the pages of BAR and Bible Review in the months ahead for announcements of this special event, or send us your name and address now to receive information when it is ready. Write to: Janice Krause, Travel/Study coordinator, BAS, 3000 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20008.
Greek Hellenistic Art at the Walters Art Gallery
One of the nation’s finest permanent collections of Hellenistic art will be highlighted in “From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age,” a special exhibition scheduled from November 22, 1988, to January 28, 1989, at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland. Including over 150 works from the gallery’s collection, the exhibition contains examples of marble and bronze sculpture, terracottas, pottery, faience, glass, gems and gold jewelry. It will explore both the public and private aspects of Greek Hellenistic art—the art produced between the time of Alexander the Great (330 B.C.) and the Roman emperor Augustus (31 B.C.). Topics such as Hellenistic home life, religion, athletics, education and entertainment will be examined. In addition the development of portraiture, the contributions of regional workshops and the influence of Roman patrons on later Hellenistic artists will also be studied. A catalogue, written by Dr. Ellen Reeder, curator of Ancient Art at the Walters Gallery, and other scholars, will combine detailed entries on individual objects and broader essays on the Hellenistic world. The exhibition is scheduled to coincide with the first-ever meeting of all the major archaeological associations of North America, occurring in Baltimore in January 1989.
Charlotte’s Mint Museum Hosts “Ramesses the Great” Exhibition
“Ramesses the Great: A Pharaoh and His Time” concludes its tour of eight North American cities with a showing at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 1, 1988, through January 31, 1989. The exhibition’s 73 priceless artifacts from the reign of Ramesses II (1290–1224 B.C.), often identified as the Pharaoh of the Exodus, will then return to their permanent home in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum. Among the objects on display are a colossal statue of Ramesses, standing 27 ½ feet high and weighing 47 tons; a 19-pound gold necklace; a canopic chest painted with colorful funerary scenes; and the 7.5-foot-high statue of Ramesses as a child with the god Horus/Hauron, pictured in the Fall 1987 issue of our sister magazine, Bible Review.
The exhibition will be open seven days a week, except Christmas, from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Tickets cost $7.50 each for adults and $5.50 each for children (ages 4–12). Advance reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 1–800-233–4050.
Credit for a photo in the July/August 1988 BAR was accidentally omitted. This picture was taken by Erich Lessing; the ivory artifact shown is in the collection of the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums.
In “Corinth in Paul’s Time—What Can Archaeology Tell Us?” BAR 14:03, by Victor Paul Furnish, the many excellent photographs attributed to Helmut Koester should be credited to the Research Team for Religion and Culture of New Testament Lands.
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