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The Samaritan Temple and the Sons of Joseph

Publication date: Oct 01, 2013 12:48 PM

Start: Oct 14, 2013 06:00 PM

Location: Archaeology Lecture Theatre, G6

Prof Hugh Williamson

The Institute of Archaeology and Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society will jointly host a lecture by Hugh Williamson (University of Oxford) at the Institute on 14 October.

Titled ‘The Samaritan Temple and the Sons of Joseph’, Prof Williamson's lecture will look at excavations on Mount Gerizim in Shechem (Nablus), inscriptions from the site, and evidence for the so-called Samaritan Temple there. Was it built as early as the Persian period, as some have claimed? 

It will also explore the role played by Joseph in Samaritan tradition, mention of the Sons of Joseph in the biblical book of Chronicles, and whether the author of Chronicles was seeking to build bridges with this alternative community — perhaps an unexpectedly early form of ecumenism.