Colloquium ’05

Colloquium '05

Digging for the Truth: Archaeology and the Bible


Uncovering the real history of the Jews is one of the most important scholarly endeavors of modern times. The origins of Judaism and Christianity lie in the early Jewish world. The scientific discipline of archaeology can help discover the truth behind the problematic stories of the Bible. Colloquium ’05 brought together Israel Finkelstein and Amihai Mazar, both eminent Israeli archaeologists of the Biblical period, to discuss and debate some key questions of Jewish beginnings.

The proceedings of Colloquium ’05 were published by the Society of Biblical Literature as The Quest for the Historical Israel: Debating Archaeology and the History of Early Israel.

DVDs of Colloquium '05 are available from the IISHJ (phone order or publications catalog), which include introductions before and panel discussions after each presentation.

Amihai Mazar

Amihai Mazar

Mazar, Malkin, Cook and Wine

Mazar, Malkin, Cook and Wine

Colloquium ‘05 audience.


Video for each Colloquium presentation and the following panel discussion is now available on the IISHJ YouTube channel. Click here to see the complete playlist.

Israel Finkelstein Jacob M. Alkow Chair in the Archaeology of Israel in the Bronze and Iron Ages at Tel Aviv University, author of The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of its Sacred Texts.

Amihai Mazar Eleazar Sukenic Chair in the Archaeology of Israel ad Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Author of Archaeology and the Land of the Bible.

Brian Schmidt (moderator) – Professor of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan. Author of Israel’s Beneficent Dead.

Harry Cook (panel) – Episcopal minister and journalist, former columnist for the Detroit Free Press, author of Christianity Beyond Creeds and Sermons of a Devoted Heretic.

Yaakov Malkin (panel) – Professor of aesthetics and rhetoric at Tel Aviv University, author of many works including Judaism Without God – Judaism as Culture, The Bible as Literature.

Paula McNutt (panel) – Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.

Rabbi Sherwin Wine (panel) – founding rabbi of the Birmingham Temple and Humanistic Judaism, author of Judaism Beyond God and Staying Sane in a Crazy World.