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Westminster Presbyterian Church to Host “The Origin of the Good Book: History, Archaeology and the Bible” November 2-3

Three seminars by Georgia Southern University Professor of Religious Studies Dan Pioske to highlight the roles of archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls and linguistics in the formulation of the Bible.

Gulfport, MS, September 24, 2019 --( Westminster Presbyterian Church will host “The Origin of the Good Book: History, Archaeology and the Bible,” a set of three seminars exploring archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls and linguistic history in the formulation of the Bible November 2 and 3. Each of the seminars, which will be free and open to the public, will be led by Dr. Dan Pioske, professor of religious studies at Georgia Southern University.

The first two seminars will be Nov. 2. The first, “Archaeology and the Bible: David’s Jerusalem,” will be held at 10 a.m. and will examine the relationship among memory, archaeological discoveries in Jerusalem and the Biblical narrative. The second, “What is the Bible: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Making of the New Testament,” will be held at 1:30 p.m. and will explore the Dead Sea Scrolls, their impact on Biblical scholarship and how the early church’s history interacted with the Biblical witness. On Nov. 3 at 9 a.m., the final seminar, “The English Standard Version and the Art of Translation,” will highlight the art of, and the difficulties in, Biblical translation and how the English Standard Version came into being and its significance in the English-speaking world.

Pioske earned his doctorate in Old Testament and his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was awarded the Princeton Doctoral Fellowship in Biblical Studies and the Henry Snyder Gehman Old Testament Award. He has participated in archaeological work in Zincirli, Turkey, and was awarded a 2009 American Schools of Oriental Research Heritage Fellowship for Archaeology to join an archaeological team working in Ashkelon, Israel. Pioske is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Schools of Oriental Research. He has published two books, “David’s Jerusalem: Between Memory and History,” and “Memory in a Time of Prose: Studies in Epistemology, Hebrew Scribalism and the Biblical Past,” among other articles and reviews. He and his wife, Suzette, live in Savannah, Georgia, where they are members of the Lutheran Church of the Ascension.

These seminars are being held in conjunction with the church’s transition to the English Standard Version of the Bible as its preferred translation, and are offered in memory of William Edward Stone.

Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 5005 Lawson Avenue, directly behind Bayou View Elementary School, in Gulfport. For more information about “The Origin of the Good Book: History, Archaeology and the Bible,” call (228) 864-3143, visit or write
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