World-renowned Israeli Scholar and Archaeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkay to Speak at Criswell College


You are cordially invited to be our guest as The Pasche Institute for Jewish Studies and Criswell College welcomes world-renowned archaeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkay to campus Tuesday, October 8, to speak during our chapel service. Barkay will be speaking on recent discoveries he has made in and around Jerusalem. 

“Dr. Barkay is an outstanding lecturer and archaeologist. He has discovered and deciphered the two oldest Hebrew inscriptions ever found,” said Dr. Lamar E. Cooper, Sr., senior professor of Old Testament and Archaeology. “I have had the privilege of taking two groups of students to work with him on the Temple Mount Sifting Project over the last five years. Students have described these trips as life-changing experiences.”

Dr. Cooper directs Criswell’s Pasche Institute for Jewish Studies and was the director of the Criswell College archaeological expedition, Temple Mount Sifting Project, in cooperation with Professor Gabriel Barkay and Hebrew University in March 2008 and May 2010.

About the Speaker

Dr. Gabriel Barkay was born in Hungary in 1944 and immigrated to Israel in 1950. After graduating from Hebrew University, where he studied archaeology, comparative religion, and geography, he graduated from Tel Aviv University with a Ph.D. in archaeology in 1985.

Barkay is best known for his work in Israel. He studies burial customs, art, epigraphy, and Iron Age tombs in Jerusalem. In the early ’80s, he discovered one of the oldest texts of the Bible, dating 400 years earlier than the Dead Sea Scrolls. These texts contain the “Priestly Blessing” found in the book of Numbers.

In early 2012, while directing the Temple Mount Sifting Project, Barkay made another astounding discovery: the Bethlehem Seal. The seal contains the name and birthplace of King David and Jesus and was used as a stamp to validate ancient transactions in the seventh century B.C.

Barkay is a recipient of the Jerusalem Prize for Archaeological Research. He teaches at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv. Barkay has taught at the American Institute of Holy Land Studies for more than 30 years.

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