Sir Asher Joel Oration 2023

David, Solomon, Rehoboam: the debate on the early kings of Judah

Speaker: Professor Yosef Garfinkel

6 – 7.30PM

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Did David establish a kingdom? Did Solomon build a palace and temple? Did Rehoboam fortify fifteen cities in Judah?

In the 1980s, hot debate arose about the early history of the Kingdom of Judah, and the historicity of the biblical tradition about the first kings: David, Solomon and Rehoboam.

Join us at the Musuem for a lecture led by Professor Yosef Garfinkel. Since 2007, his excavations have unearthed revolutionary data on the early history of the kingdom of Judah: fortified cities, public buildings, seals and inscriptions. In partnership with the Australian Catholic University, he is excavating the city built by Rehoboam. The lecture will present the results of the last excavation season in the winter of 2023.

Professor Garfinkel’s visit to Australia has been generously funded by the Sir Asher & Lady Joel Foundation.

A partnership with the Australian Catholic University and the Australian Friends of the Hebrew University.

Speaker: Professor Yosef Garfinkel, Yigael Yadin Chair in Archaeology of Israel at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Sir Asher Alexander Joel KBE, AO was a well-known Jewish Australian public figure and member of the NSW Legislative Council for 20 years who served during World War II in the Australian Armed Services. Sir Joel held an esteemed career in public relations and was instrumental in the establishment of the Public Relations Institute of Australia before his esteemed political career, standing both as an independent and the now National Party. In 1975 he established the Sir Asher Joel Foundation to assist university students to participate in archaeological digs with universities in Israel. The Sir Asher Joel Oration is an annual event aimed at bringing esteemed experts to Australia to share archaeological knowledge and expertise with the public.

Image: Edward Poynter, 1890 The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon.

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