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Levine to speak on ancient architecture, Biblical mysteries at Coe

Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2011-03-09 13:06:04 - General

Ely Levine

Scholar Ely Levine will discuss how the study of ancient architecture has shed light on biblical mysteries in an upcoming lecture at Coe College. The event will be held on Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In “Building in the Bible: From Babel to Bathsheba,” Levine will discuss the fact that the Bible is an old book and often presumes its audience is familiar with certain ideas and things from thousands of years ago. According to the scholar, an understanding of ancient architecture facilitates a further appreciation of the Bible. For example, in his presentation, he will explore the questions: “What is the story of the Tower of Babel really about? Does the Bible really have the first locked room murder mystery?”

Levine serves as a visiting assistant professor of religion at Luther College in Decorah. Along with the publication and presentation of numerous papers, he has hands-on archaeological experience at several excavation sites in Israel. Levine served for several summers as a curatorial assistant at the Harvard Semitic Museum at Harvard University. As well, he is proficient in Biblical Hebrew and has a reading knowledge of numerous ancient and modern languages.

The biblical scholar graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with a degree in classical archaeology and ancient history. He went on to earn a master’s degree and a Ph.D. at Harvard University, where his doctoral studies were in the Hebrew Bible and archaeology of the Levant.

The event is sponsored by the Coe Department of Philosophy and Religion. For more information, call 399-8581 or visit coe.edu.