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The Lycoming College Archaeology Department will host biblical archaeologist Dr. Garth Gilmour of the University of Oxford for a free, public lecture, titled "David and Solomon: Dead or Alive?" on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in Heim Building G-11.
The lecture will address recent debates about the reliability of the biblical text centered on the characters of David and Solomon. Some scholars reject their existence completely; others propose that while they may have existed, they were little more than tribal chieftains in the central hill country of Israel and had nothing to do with the establishment of the Israelite kingdoms. Gilmour will discuss the archaeological evidence, which indicates that the demise of David and Solomon as historical characters, even as the founders of the early Israelite state, is premature.
Gilmour also plans to visit several archaeology and religion classes during his four-day visit to the College.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic rigor, a supportive faculty and successful outcomes. It offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.