Sep 26, 2013

Dr. Jodi Magness to Present 'Masada: Last Stronghold of the Jewish Resistance Against Rome'

(Newport News, Va.) - Dr. Jodi Magness, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina (UNC), will present an illustrated lecture titled “Masada: Last Stronghold of the Jewish Resistance Against Rome,” at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2013, in Gaines Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. No reservation is required. An informal meet-and-greet will be held following the lecture in Freeman Center meeting room 101.

Magness is Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at UNC. Her research focuses on Palestine in the Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic periods; diaspora Judaism in the Roman world; Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls; and the Roman army in the East. She has published numerous articles and several books, including The Archaeology of the Holy Land from the Destruction of Solomon’s Temple to the Muslim Conquest; Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus; and The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, which won the 2003 Biblical Archaeology Society’s Award for Best Popular Book in Archaeology. Magness has been interviewed for documentaries by National Geographic and The History Channel, among others.

For more information, contact Dr. David M. Pollio, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures.

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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