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Lay Academy Course to Focus on Archaeological Digs in Holy Lands

On-line class designed for continuing education clergy, teachers, and others

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – The Moravian Theological Seminary will offer a lay academy course entitled “A Virtual Archaeological Journey through the Holy Lands” every Tuesday night, 7-9 p.m., March 23 – April 27, in the Bahnson Center of Moravian Theological Seminary.

Participants will explore the history and archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean region from the Bronze Age (2000 BCE) through the Roman period (100 CE). Special attention will be paid to the periods associated with ancient Israel, early Judaism, and early Christianity. Information will be presented on-line with help from Learnlinc. Participants will be trained in the use of this program in order to perform virtual archaeological digs.

Dr. Julye Bidmead, assistant professor of Biblical Studies at James Madison University, and Dr. Deborah Appler, assistant professor of Hebrew Bible at Moravian Seminary and ordained Elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, will teach this course. Both instructors are staff members of the Megiddo expedition in Israel. In addition, they are completing a book for Eerdmans Publishing Company, This Heap is a Witness: An Interactive Introduction to Archaeology and the Bible

Registration is just $35. This will be an on-line class designed for continuing education clergy, teachers, and other interested individuals. For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at Moravian Theological Seminary at (610) 861-1519.