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Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness
Dr. Jodi Magness (www.jodimagness.org) holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism. From 1992-2002, she was Associate/Assistant Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology in the Departments of Classics and Art History at Tufts University, Medford, MA. She received her B.A. in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1977), and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania (1989). From 1990-92, Magness was Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology at the Center for Old World Archaeology and Art at Brown University.
During the course of her career, Professor Magness has participated on 20 different excavations in Israel and Greece, including co-directing the 1995 excavations in the Roman siege works at Masada. From 2003-07 she co-directed excavations in the late Roman fort at Yotvata, Israel, and since 2011 she has directed an excavation project at Huqoq in Galilee. Dr. Magness is a member of the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the Program Committee of the Society of Biblical Literature. She has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem (and past Vice-President), the Governing Board of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), and the Board of Trustees of the American Schools of Oriental Research. She served as President of the North Carolina Society of the AIA and the Boston Society of the AIA.

Presenter at

  • Bible & Archaeology Fest XV, November 16-18, 2012
    The Ancient Village and Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee
    This slide-illustrated lecture surveys the finds from the 2011-2012 excavations at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee, an ancient (Roman-Byzantine period) Jewish village with the remains of a monumental synagogue building. Excavations in June 2012 revealed that the synagogue was decorated with a stunning mosaic floor that includes a scene depicting the episode related in Judges 15:4 (Samson and the foxes).
  • ASOR/BAS Seminar on Biblical Archaeology, October 5-7, 2012
    The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls
    In 1947-48, the first Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in caves near Qumran. Eventually, the remains of over 900 different scrolls were found in 11 caves. These scrolls date to about the time of Jesus, and include the earliest copies we have of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). The scrolls were deposited in the caves by members of a Jewish sect who lived at Qumran. In this slide-illustrated lecture, we examine the archaeological remains at Qumran and the information from the scrolls to learn about the lifestyle and beliefs of this sect.
    Ossuaries and the Burials of Jesus and James
    In November 2002, the media announced that a small stone box (ossuary) had come to light that bore and inscription that read “Joseph brother of Jesus.” Did this ossuary contain the remains of James the Just, the brother of Jesus? In this slide-illustrated lecture, we survey ancient Jerusalem’s tombs, and then discuss what we know about how Jesus and his brother James were buried.
  • Bible & Archaeology Fest XIV, November 18-20, 2011
    Roman Jerusalem: Hadrian’s Aelia Capitolina
    Some sixty years after Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in 70 C.E., it was rebuilt by the emperor Hadrian as a pagan Roman city called the “Aelia Capitolina.” Much of the current plan and layout of the Old City goes back to Hadrian’s dramatic re-fashioning of ancient Jerusalem. This slide-illustrated lecture reviews the archaeological evidence for the Aelia Capitolina, including new discoveries that recent excavations have brought to light.
  • Bible & Archaeology Fest XIII, November 19-21, 2010
    Masada: Last Stronghold of the Jewish Resistance against Rome
    In the first century B.C.E., Herod the Great built a fortified desert palace atop the remote mountain of Masada, overlooking the Dead Sea. Sixty years after Herod’s death, the mountain was occupied by a band of Jewish rebels at the time of the First Jewish Revolt against Rome. Masada was the last fortress in Jewish hands to fall to the Romans (73 or 74 C.E.). In this slide-illustrated lecture, we review the history and archaeology of Masada, focusing especially on information from excavations that Professor Magness co-directed in the Roman siege camps in 1995.

Selected BAS Articles by Jodi Magness:

What Did Jesus’ Tomb Look Like?
BAR 32:01, Jan/Feb 2006
Masada: Arms and the Man
BAR 18:04, Jul/Aug 1992

Selected Books by Jodi Magness: