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Dr. James K. Hoffmeier Speaks at Annual Cooley Lecture Series

May 22, 2009

Dr. James K. Hoffmeier will be the speaker for the Cooley Lecture Series at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte on Jan. 15-16. He will be speaking on the topic, “Foundations of Our Faith: The Exodus and Sinai Events.”

In his lecture, Dr. Hoffmeier will examine the biblical accounts of the Exodus and the Israelite Sojourn, while drawing on extra-biblical texts, inscriptions, and artifacts and recent satellite evidence. As a specialist in Egyptology, Dr. Hoffmeier will also utilize Egyptian history, culture and archaeology to show the plausibility and authenticity of the Exodus and Wilderness traditions.

The Cooley Lecture Series is sponsored by the Robert C. Cooley Center for the Study of Early Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte. The Center, named after the son of Gordon-Conwell President Emeritus Robert E. Cooley, houses the Robert C. Cooley Collection of Biblical Archaeology and Early Christianity, a resource for scholars and graduate students.

Dr. Hoffmeier is Professor of Old Testament and Near Eastern Archaeology at Trinity International University, Divinity School, Deerfield, IL. An experienced archaeologist, he has worked in archaeological projects in Egypt since 1975, most recently in the North Sinai Archaeological Project and the Tell-El Borg excavation. Dr. Hoffmeier received an M.A. in Egyptian Archaeology and a Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Religions from the University of Toronto, and studied Hebrew and Old Testament at Wycliffe College, Toronto. For 17 years, he served on the Wheaton College faculty. He has written and edited numerous books and has consulted for, and appeared in, a number of TV programs on Egypt and the Bible.

Both lectures will be held at 7 p.m. on the Gordon-Conwell-Charlotte campus. The lectures are free and open to the public. More information is available by contacting Mark Poe at or 704.435.6408.

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