Published on September 11, 2013  

Samford University professor James Strange and Kinneret Academic College professor Mordechai Aviam will speak about their important recent discovery in Israel at two events Sept. 26.

Strange is Associate Professor of religion at Samford and is Director of the Shikhin Excavation Project in Israel. Aviam is Professor of land of Israel studies at Kinneret Academic College, Israel, Director of the Institute for Galilean Archaeology, and Associate Director of the Shikhin Excavation Project.

Strange and Aviam will present "The Shikhin Excavation Project: An Important Contribution to the Study of Galilean History" at 3:30 p.m. in Samford’s Brock Forum, Dwight Beeson Hall.

The researchers will present "A New Synagogue for the New Year" at 6:30 p.m. at Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.

The free lectures will describe the summer, 2013, archaeological dig in Israel that revealed the first unknown Galilean synagogue to be excavated in thirty years. Lecture attendees will learn about the ancient village of Shikhin and its importance for understanding the beginnings of both Christianity and the Judaism of the Talmuds.