Is the Bible a History Book? What Archaeology Can Tell Us with Sarah Yeomans - Context Travel

Is the Bible a History Book? What Archaeology Can Tell Us with Sarah Yeomans


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Join an archaeologist for an exploration of biblical sites that help illuminate what archaeology can – and cannot – tell us about the history behind the Bible. This presentation examines some biblical sites and artifacts from the Near East and Turkey that have given us a new understanding of some of the Bible’s most compelling stories.

To what degree the people, places, and events described in the Biblical texts are historical truth is a matter that has been a point of debate for almost as long as the texts themselves have existed. Up until the modern era, acceptance of the biblical narratives as historical truth has been largely based upon faith or the lack thereof - there was simply very little scientific evidence for the veracity of the texts outside of the Bible itself. In our modern era, archaeological discoveries are shedding new light on some of the biblical stories, allowing scholars on both sides of the faith-divide to re-examine the Bible in the context of archaeological science.

In her presentation, Sarah Yeomans leads us on an exploration of some biblical sites and artifacts from the Near East and Turkey that illuminate some of the Bible’s most famous stories. In the process, we will consider possible answers to a question that scholars have debated for millennia: Is the Bible a history book? We will learn some of what archaeology does - and does not – reveal about the answers to this age-old question.

Led by an expert on the Roman Imperial period, Sarah Yeomans, this interactive seminar will take us on a tour of some of the Near East and Turkey’s most famous biblical sites. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the historical context of some of the biblical narratives, and an appreciation of how archaeological science can help us gain new insights into one of the world’s most famous religious texts.

Sarah Yeomans is an archaeologist specializing in the Imperial period of the Roman Empire with a particular emphasis on ancient science and religion. Currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Southern California, she is adjunct faculty at both St. Mary’s College of Maryland and West Virginia University. A native Californian, Sarah holds an M.A. in Archaeology from the University of Sheffield, England, and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Southern California. Her current research involves ancient Roman medicine and the impact of pandemic events on Roman society. She is generally happiest when covered in dirt, roaming archaeological sites somewhere in the Mediterranean region but particularly in Rome, where she lived for six years.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.