Biblical studies scholar and archaeologist Robert Cargill to present on the geography of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus

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2015-09-29 15:21:23 - General

Biblical studies scholar and archaeologist Dr. Robert Cargill will explore the geography of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus in a Coe College presentation entitled "Jerusalem at the Time of Jesus: How Geography Helps Us Understand the Bible." The lecture will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 7, beginning at 7 p.m. in Kesler Auditorium in Hickok Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Many of the stories found in the Bible are described as having taken place in a specific geographical context. Throughout the lecture, Cargill will demonstrate how knowledge of the geography of Jerusalem may change our understanding of the stories about Jesus in the Bible.

Cargill has done extensive research, including the publication of "The State of the Archaeological Debate at Qumran," "The Benefit of Blogging for Archaeology," "The Qumran Digital Model: An Argument for Archaeological Reconstruction in Virtual Reality," "A Response to Magness" and "The Fortress at Qumran: A History of Interpretation." Further, he appeared as an expert in documentaries and specials of History's "Bible Secrets Revealed" and National Geographic Channel documentary, "Writing the Dead Sea Scrolls."

A classicist, author and digital humanist, Cargill is assistant professor of classics and religious studies at The University of Iowa. Some of his extensive research contains studies in the Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, literary criticism of the Bible and the Pseudepigrapha, and the Ancient Near East. Additionally, he is a well-known advocate for social justice and public higher education. Cargill has examined the settlement of Khirbet Qumran using new technological approaches in the digital humanities including digital archaeological reconstruction and virtual reality in his first book, "Qumran through (Real) Time: A Virtual Reconstruction of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls."

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