Manor to Speak at Bethel about Tel Beth-Shemesh Excavations Note: This has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 30 due to impending bad weather


Dr. Dale Manor, Field Director for Tel Beth-Shemesh Excavations Israel

 Dr. Dale Manor, professor of archaeology and Bible at Harding University, and field director for Tel Beth-Shemesh excavations, will be on the Bethel University campus on Wednesday, Feb. 9 to share with religion classes about his extensive excavation work at Beth-Shemesh in Israel.
     Located in the Soraq Valley about 12.5 miles west-southwest of Jerusalem, Beth-Shemesh is where the ark of the covenant first came when the Philistines returned it to the Israelites – as noted in the biblical passage, 1 Samuel, chapter six. The site is on the border between the Philistines and the Israelites and was also the area of some of Samson’s activities during the time of the Judges.
     The current Tel Beth-Shemesh excavation project began in 1990 under the direction of S. Bunimovitz and Z. Lederman, both of Tel Aviv University. Since that time, archaeologists have uncovered massive fortification systems from the time of the Monarchy and from the time of Abraham. Archaeologists have also uncovered an elaborate underground water reservoir as well as one of the largest iron workshops found in the Middle East, both dating from the 10th and 9th centuries B.C. The digs have also yielded dozens of pieces of pottery and weapons.  
     Dr. Manor holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Near Eastern Archaeology. He has extensive archaeological field experience in Israel and has served as field director for the Tel Beth-Shemesh excavations since 2000. Other work includes staff positions at Tel Miqne/Ekron and Tel Rehov. Dr. Manor was the Kress Fellow at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem from 1988 to 1989, and he has read papers at regional and national meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Some of his articles appear in the Anchor Bible Dictionary, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East, the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible and the New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible. Furthermore, he organizes and chairs the annual section on “Hebrew Bible, History and Archaeology” for the meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research.
     Dr. Manor’s visit is sponsored by Bethel University’s Center for Travel Studies. His presentations to the classes are free and open to the public as well. Manor will be speaking to Wednesday afternoon classes. His specific class schedule is 2 and 3 p.m. in Ayers Lecture Hall of the Ray and Linda Morris Science Complex.
     For more information contact, John Hall, director of the Bethel University Center for Travel Studies, at or at 731-513-0230.