Colloquium: "When History and the Bible Collide"

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Every 3rd Wednesday of the month

Manteca Library

320 W Center St · Manteca, CA

How to find us

Use the library entrance on Center Street.

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The Assyrian army invaded the Levant in the year 701 BCE. Archaeological and textual evidence indicates widespread destruction. But, Jerusalem was spared. Why?

The Assyrian and Biblical evidence conflict on this matter. In fact, the Bible itself is internally contradictory about what precisely happened. In this talk, we'll look at the relevant texts and discuss how historians use the texts and explain the diverse viewpoints on this significant historical event.

Dr. Alan Lenzi is professor and chair in the Department of Religious Studies. He specializes in the study of first millennium ancient Near Eastern religious traditions.

🎟 About the Free Event

This is a free event, open to the public, at the Manteca Library. Those of all worldviews and faiths are welcome.

Doors open at 7:15 PM and our featured talk starts shortly after. We expect most Colloquiums to last until about 8:15 PM followed by mingling and cleanup.

Coffee, water, and pastries are provided. Parking is free. Suggested donations of $10 to support this and future colloquiums are appreciated.

🍜 Dinner Before

For those interested in joining us for dinner, head to the GK Mongolian BBQ (1039 S Main St) prior to the event.

People typically arrive around 6:00 and leave at 6:50 to start setting up at the Manteca Library.