Speaker Series

Upcoming Speaker Events

The Bible in the Qur'an

April 8, 2021

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear our panel discuss a topic never before explored at Museum of the Bible! Join us for a discussion about the relationship between the Bible and Islam with religious scholar Dr. Gabriel Reynolds.

Past Speaker Events

400 Years Since Plymouth

October 7, 2020

7:00–8:00 p.m.

Join Professor John Turner and a distinguished panel as they cover topics relating to the Pilgrims, Plymouth, and the development of religious liberty in early American history. This event will be held virtually using Zoom.

Locating the Lost City of the Apostles

October 1, 2020

After years of digging, Professor R. Steven Notley believes he can prove the true location of biblical Bethsaida, also known as the "Lost City of the Apostles." Get the latest scoop on El-Araj from Professor Notley and learn why he thinks it is the best candidate for biblical Bethsaida during this special program held in person at Museum of the Bible and virtually through Zoom.

Illuminating the Passover Haggadah

August 27, 2020

Time: 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Learn about the stories within our new exhibit, With a Mighty Hand: The Art and History of the Passover Haggadah. Sharon Mintz, an expert in illuminated Hebrew manuscripts, and Elka Deitsch, the curator of the Haggadah exhibit, will share about the history of the Haggadah during the Middle Ages and beyond.

Winning the Vote! The Woman’s Bible and Suffrage

August 13, 2020

6:30–8:30 p.m.

Join Museum of the Bible in an online discussion about The Woman’s Bible, a biblical commentary written by suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others, as we celebrate 100 years since the passing of the 19th Amendment. This event will be held virtually using Zoom.

A Conversation with Washington Nationals Chaplain Msgr. Stephen Rossetti

July 2, 2020

6:30–7:30 p.m.

From blessing baseball bats, to praying with the injured and encouraging the team to “stay in the fight,” Monsignor Rossetti will share stories of what it was like to minister to our hometown team throughout their extraordinary 2019 season.

The Bible in Our Hands

February 2, 2020

6:30–8:30 p.m.

Focusing on two of the most prominent Jewish manuscripts in America, Dr. Gary Rendsburg, a leading scholar in biblical and Judaic studies, walks us through the story of the Hebrew Bible from the Dead Sea Scrolls to the versions we read today.

Free Exercise Equality

January 16, 2020

Join us for a conversation with experts from the Religious Freedom Institute as we explore religious freedom as a fundamental human right.

Faith and the American University

January 12, 2020

Do people of faith still have a place in the American university? Join us for this important conversation.

New Discoveries in the City of David

November 19, 2019

In 586 BC, the City of David fell to the Babylonians. Today, archaeological excavations continue to reveal evidence of this remarkable moment in history. Come hear about and see some of the extraordinary remains.

Who Is an Evangelical?

October 29, 2019

Dr. Thomas Kidd, one of America’s top historians, will engage Russell Moore and Reverend Thabiti Anyabwile in a spirited conversation about the history of the evangelical movement and the current crisis it faces. A reception and book signing will follow.

Shroud of Turin: Explore the Mystery

January 18, 2020

Few artifacts in the world have stirred the imagination and provoked controversy as much as the Shroud of Turin. Now, it’s your turn to explore the mystery!

Visions of the Apocalypse

October 10, 2019

Join us for a discussion of the Apocalypse in the Bible and in contemporary art. An art exhibit featuring local artists’ interpretations of the Apocalypse will accompany the event.

Abel Beth Maacah: Uncovering the Secrets of a Biblical City

Thursday, October 3, at 7 p.m.

Learn more about an exciting archaeological discovery related to a biblical king found at the site of Abel Beth Maacah in Israel. Museum of the Bible is honored to host Azusa Pacific University professor and co-leader of the excavation, Dr. Robert Mullins, for a discussion of this and other fascinating finds.

How Happiness Happens – An Evening with Max Lucado

Monday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Ever wondered what the secret to lasting happiness is? Meet Max Lucado and hear what he has found that lasts as he launches his newest book How Happiness Happens: Finding Lasting Joy in a world of Comparison, Disappointment, and Unmet Expectations. Join us on September 16 to celebrate this pastor and best-selling author. Receive a signed copy of his book upon registering!

The Tapestry of Light: A Discussion with the Artist and Curators

Saturday, July 6, at 2 p.m.

Guests heard from the artist and curators on what inspired The Tapestry of Light, its style, content, techniques and technology. The attendees learned about its contribution to the history of art, science and faith, what it means to the artist and how it was achieved.

The Most Unusual and Needed Gospel Commentary

April 2019

Guests joined Dr. Amy-Jill Levine and Dr. Ben Witherington in conversation about their new book, a commentary on the Gospel of Luke. The scholars shared personal stories from the time they spent writing this unique Jewish and Christian commentary on a “Christian Gospel of a Jewish prophet,” including lessons learned, controversial points, unanswered questions and opportunities ahead. The evening included a time for audience questions and a book signing.

Celebrate the Torah at Museum of the Bible

April 2019

Museum of the Bible and 929 celebrated the 929 global online Tanakh study project as it reached the completion of the study of the Torah in its cycle. Concurrent programs were held in the museum throughout the day, followed by a conversation with Dr. Robert Alter, University of California at Berkley, and Dr. Adele Berlin, professor emerita, University of Maryland.

Jerusalem and Rome Special Speaker Series

March and April 2019

This special two-part speaker series brought together top scholars from different fields to dive deeper into some of the themes of the Jerusalem and Rome: Cultures in Context in the First Century CE, an exhibiton from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem now on display at Museum of the Bible. The event focused on the forces unleashed during and after the Great Jewish Revolt and explores how the revolt influenced early Judaism and Christianity.

Liberty in the Things of God

April 2019

Christians have struggled for religious freedom from the early days of the Christian movement through the seventeenth century. Guests heard Dr. Robert Wilken and a distinguished slate of religious freedom experts discuss his book, Liberty in the Things of God, and how the origins of religious freedom and liberty of conscience are religious, not political.

The Archaeology of Religious Interaction in Late Antique Palestine

March 2019

This lecture explored the interaction between Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities during the tumultuous seventh century CE through recent archaeological discoveries!

Celebrate Women's History Month Speaker Series

March 2019

Museum of the Bible celebrated Women’s History Month with a special panel focused on the impact of faith and the Bible on women in the clergy, workplace and communities.

Tel Shimron: A New Window into the Biblical World

February 2019

Guests learned about the latest archaeological discoveries unearthed at Tel Shimron, an exciting new excavation sponsored by Museum of the Bible. The co-directors presented unpublished research and unique discoveries made in their first season of excavation.

First President, First Freedom: Religious Freedom and Washington’s Election

February 2019

Confronting rising threats of violent intolerance, including the October 2018 massacre at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, this panel discussed Washington’s legacy of religious freedom.

The Bible and War

November 2018

How does the Bible relate to war? A distinguished panel discussed the topics of just war theory and peacemaking negotiations in relationship to the Bible.

Antisemitism Unmasked: How the Bible Exposes the Evil of Antisemitism With Dr. Michael Rydelnik

October 2018

This lecture reviewed the enduring nature of the world’s oldest hatred and examined what the Bible reveals about this terrible evil.

Chosen People, Promised Lands: The Bible, Israel and U.S. Foreign Policy

October 2018

This panel discussion among leading scholars placed the controversial phenomenon of “Christian Zionism” in the context of American’s historical fascination with biblical themes of covenant and redemption.

Billy Graham: His Life and Legacy

September 2018

This lecture explored Billy Graham’s enduring impact, in the shaping of Christianity generally and the evangelical movement in particular, in the United States and in other parts of the world.

A Conversation with Carol and Eric Meyers: 50 years of Archaeological Investigation in Israel

July 2018

Carol and Eric Meyers, two pre-eminent archaeologists and Biblical scholars with over 50 years of experience and leadership in their profession, discussed their archaeological work in Israel.

The Role of the Bible in Prisoner Transformation

June 2018

Museum of the Bible hosted Dr. Byron Johnson’s presentation of compelling evidence that the Bible and faith-motivated individuals and organizations can provide a powerful antidote to crime-related problems.

Only One Life

June 2018

Jackie Green and Lauren McAfee discussed their book, “Only One Life: How a Woman's Every Day Shapes an Eternal Legacy”, and the important women of the Bible who have made impact on our world!

Mako Fujimura on the “Theology of Making”

April 2018

Museum of the Bible hosted distinguished artist, author and speaker, Makoto Fujimura. Fujimura's "The Art of the Gospels" exhibition was on display at the museum from November 2017 - April 2018.

The Rock, The Road, and The Rabbi

March 2018

The “Today” show’s Kathie Lee Gifford visited Museum of the Bible to share her transformative experience of visiting the land of the Bible as expressed in her book, “The Rock, The Road, and The Rabbi”.

The Lindisfarne Gospels

March 2018

Professor Michelle P. Brown explored the creation of the beautifully illuminated Lindisfarne Gospels on Holy Island off the northeast coast of Britain over 1,300 years ago.

C'est La Vie! Explore Vanitas Themes from the Book of Ecclesiastes Through Baroque Art

March 2018

This lecture focused on the theme of vanitas, showcasing its remarkable impact on 17th-century art.

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