On the occasion of ETRFI's 50th anniversary, the 2016-2017 series is named, "The Nathan Peter Levinson Memorial Lecture Series." Click here to read more about Rabbi Dr. Levinson. The topic for the year is: "Jews and Christians as 'Brothers Sitting Also Together.'"
The sixth lecture in the series will be given by Prof. Dr. Gabriel Barkay (Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan) on Thursday 23 March 2017, 8:00 P.M. The topic: "The Floor Tiles of Golgotha and Dyeing Blue: What Else is New from the Soil of the Temple Mount?"
Turning 50 years since its inception, the Fraternity’s Jubilee lecture series explores the achievements and challenges of Jewish-Christian relations in Israel. From the beginning the Fraternity counted the accomplishments of Israeli archaeology as decisive for researching the Judeo-Christian traditions. Professor Gabriel Barkay, one of the foremost archaeologists of Israel and a long-standing friend of the Fraternity, will lecture about a series of discoveries from the Temple Sifting Project which he directs. Sponsored by Bar Ilan University, numerous extraordinary findings stem from sifting through the topsoil removed from the Temple Mount by the Waqf during the construction of the underground EL-Marwani Mosque from 1996 to 1999. Most of the debris from those renovations of Solomon's Stables (1,700 m2, 11 m deep), namely some 350 truckloads, was dumped in the Kidron Valley, near the north-eastern corner of the Old City. Containing unexpected artifacts galore the sifting presents startling insights to sacred places, such as the Holy Sepulchre, and to sacred activities, such as the making of techelet, the blue dye for tzitzit on prayer shawls (Book of Numbers 15:38).
Please note: The last lecture in this series is on 27/4/2017.