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Marking the Sacred: The Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem

June 5-7, 2017

Providence College

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This collaborative and ecumenical conference provides a common forum for leading international scholars to address the history and archaeology of this extraordinary 35-acre platform and its sacred status. The project seeks to be an agent of dialogue by bringing together diverse scholars in the humanities whose research furthers our understanding of the site and its historical context. Marking the Sacred is an opportunity for experts on the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions to engage in unique and fruitful discussions leading to a scholarly publication that will reach a worldwide academic audience in multiple disciplines.


Speakers, Chairs, and Contributors Include:

  • Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Robert Ousterhout, Professor of History of Art, Director of the Center for Ancient Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • Sari Nusseibeh, Professor of Philosophy, Al-Quds University
  • Shimon Gibson, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Lawrence Schiffman, Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew & Judaic Studies, New York University
  • Matthew Adams, Dorot Director, W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem
  • Michael Satlow, Professor of Judaic Studies and Religious Studies, Brown University
  • Dominique-Marie Cabaret, École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem
  • Joseph Patrich, Professor of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Ronny Reich, Professor Emeritus, Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa 
  • Yuval Baruch, Jerusalem Regional Archaeologist, Israel Antiquities Authority
  • Helena Roth, Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, Tel Aviv University 
  • Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, Israel Antiquities Authority
  • Scott Bradbury, Professor of Classical Languages & Literatures, Smith College
  • Joseph Greene, Deputy Director and Curator of the Semitic Museum, Harvard University 
  • Tracy Thorpe, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Bridgewater State University
  • Yuri Stoyanov, Research Associate, University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Jon Seligman, Director of Excavations, Surveys and Research Department, Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem
  • Joan R. Branham, Professor of Art History & Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Providence College
  • Naomi Koltun-Fromm, Professor of Religion, Haverford College
  • Paul Crenshaw, Associate Professor, Providence College
  • Sandra Keating, Associate Professor of Theology, Providence College
  • Donald Whitcomb, Research Associate, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
  • Beatrice St. Laurent, Professor of Art History, Bridgewater State University
  • Stephen J. Shoemaker, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Oregon
  • Paul Crenshaw, Associate Professor of Art History, Providence College
  • Jaroslav Folda, Professor Emeritus, Art History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Michael Burgoyne, Architect, Edinburgh
  • Arthur Urbano, Professor of Theology, Providence College 
  • Jamilee Lacy, Director and Curator of Providence College Galleries 
  • Mahri Leonard-Fleckman, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, Theology, Providence College
  • Assaf Evron, Artist 


Conference sponsors include Providence College’s Centennial Committee, School of Arts & Sciences, Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies, Department of Art and Art History, and Department of Theology.  Additional conference sponsorship comes from the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.  Contributors to the exhibition include: The Artis Grant Program, the Office of the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Provost’s Office at Bridgewater State University, the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem, and the Service Bureau at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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