Noah’s Beasts: Sculpted Animals from Ancient Mesopotamia

The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street
July 14, 2017
1:00 pm  to  2:00 pm  

May 26 through August 27, 2017

This exhibition presents Mesopotamian sculptural works from ca. 3300–2250 B.C., bringing together for the first time pieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Yale University Babylonian Collection, the Kimbell Art Museum, and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Cylinder seals relating to each of the sculptures are also presented, including a remarkable seal from the Morgan’s collection showing animals acting as human.

Through a focused consideration of these Near Eastern artworks, the rare objects emphasize the importance of the elements of the natural world that the ancients experienced and, by extension, the interdependence of the natural and the spiritual world. Inspiring the exhibition, the Morgan’s famous 1646 B.C. clay tablet will also be on view; it is inscribed with the “The Deluge Story”—an early version of the familiar tale of Noah.

Gallery Talk    Noah’s Beasts: Sculpted Animals from Ancient Mesopotamia        Friday, July 14, 1 pm

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.

“2600 years of Forgers and Forgeries: The Defenders and Detractors of Biblical Textual Forgeries.”

Chris Rollston
Scarsdale High School, 1057 Post Road, Scarsdale
September 16, 2017
1:30 pm  to  2:30 pm  

For more than two millennia, forgers have been producing textual forgeries, many of them revolving around aspects of established religion.  Among the most consistent facets of this phenomenon is that forgers will often find trained scholars who authenticate their fraudulent fabrications.  This lecture will be a case study of some of the most fascinating defenses of textual forgeries and the logic used. This lecture is also part of a forthcoming volume entitled “Forging History in the Ancient World of the Bible and the Modern World of Biblical Studies” (Eerdmans 2018).

Professor Rollston earned his MA (1996) and Ph.D. (1999) at The Johns Hopkins University (Department of Near Eastern Studies) in ancient Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures.  He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  Rollston works in more than a dozen ancient and modern languages, including various ancient Semitic languages (e.g., Hebrew, Phoenician, Aramaic, Palmyrene, Nabataean, Ammonite, Moabite, Edomite, Ugaritic, Akkadian), several ancient and modern Indo-European languages (e.g., Hellenistic Greek, Classical Latin; Modern German, French, Spanish, and Italian), as well as Sahidic Coptic.

During the fall semester of 2013, he was a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Scholar at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (Jerusalem), and during the spring semester of 2014, he was a Visiting Professor of Northwest Semitic Literature at Tel Aviv University.  About a decade prior to this, during the spring and summer of 2002, Rollston was a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Scholar at the American Center of Oriental Research (Amman).  Rollston has excavated in Syria (Umm el-Marra) and in Israel (Megiddo), and he has conducted research at museums and departments of antiquity in Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, and Syria, as well as various museums in North America and Europe.

He teaches at George  Washington University and is the co-editor with Eric Cline (who has spoken to our society multiple times) of the Bulletin of the American Schools of Academic research (BASOR).