Assyria’s World Empire: Egypt, Nubia, Israel, and Judah in the New World Order

Date: April 14, 2007 - April 15, 2007

Location: Museum of Fine Arts/Harvard Semitic Museum
Cost: $150 (includes 2 lunches)
Contact Hours: 12
Cut-Off Date: April 1
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Spend two days immersed in the splendors of ancient times at two of the leading institutions of learning. Participants will tour the sites, meet the curators, examine primary source documents, and attempt to understand the single best-documented military campaign in the ancient Near East: the invasion of Judah and Jerusalem in 701 BCE by Sennacherib of Assyria.

Saturday April 14 – Museum of Fine Arts


  • 9:00 Welcome and Overview
  • 9:30 Egypt’s Nubian Dynasty: Rita Freed (MFA)
  • 10:45 Tour of Nubian and Egyptian exhibits: Rita Freed
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 Assyria and the Invasion of 701 BCE: Peter Feinman (IHARE)
  • 2:00 Archaeology and Geology and the Invasion of 701 BCE
  • 3:15 Bible and the Invasion of 701 BCE
  • 4:15 What Happened in 701 BCE: Primary Sources and Reconstructing
    History Workshop


Sunday April 15 – Harvard Semitic Museum


  • 9:00 Welcome and Introductions
  • 9:15 Rotating Sessions: Pottery Workshop: Kimberley Connors (HSM) and
    Mesopotamia Exhibit
  • 10:00 Rotation
  • 10:45 Break
  • 11:00 The Origins of Israel in the Archaeological Record: Peter Feinman
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:45 Israel House Tour (HSM)
  • 1:15 Egypt and Assyria Exhibits (HSM)
  • 1:30 “Mothers, Sons, Daughters and Brides: Building up and Breaking
    down the House of the Father in Ancient Israel” Christine Thomas
  • 2:30 Assyrian Imperialism, Prophets and the Pyramids (Peter Feinman)


Lodging has been arranged at the Days Inn near Harvard University.

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