Next Meeting: 2:30pm, Sunday, March 19, 2017

Joel Pless, professor of Theology at Wisconsin Lutheran College, will be speaking on The People of Pompeii.

Pompeii was an ancient Roman city buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. It remains to this day one of the most valuable archaeological sites for learning about the daily life and times of a first century Roman city, a city of the New Testament era. This presentation will describe the sequence of events as the volcano erupted and buried the city under volcanic ash. The presentationís particular focus will be examining pictures of the plaster casts of the human victims of the Pompeii eruption in their final moments of life.

Dr. Joel Pless is a former parish pastor who holds a Ph.D. in historical theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. For the past seventeen years, he has taught New Testament and church history at Wisconsin Lutheran College. He and his wife Linda reside in Germantown, Wisconsin.

We look forward to some special lectures this year, since 2017 is the 50th anniversary year for MBAS.

MBAS meetings are free and open to all, the public is invited. We meet in the upper level auditorium of Westwood Christian Church, 5210 Odana Road, Madison WI 53711. Map and Directions

For information on MBAS or to join the email list to be notified of future MBAS events, contact MBAS secretary Gordon Govier.


MBAS has been active in Madison for a half-century. Professor Menahem Mansoor began MBAS in 1967, out of a desire to offer the public an opportunity to learn more about the development and significance of Biblical Archaeology. The Purpose of MBAS is to promote the knowledge of, and an interest in, Biblical Archaeology in the Madison area and throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Activities include lectures, field trips, and movies. MBAS also encourages its members to volunteer at archaeological excavations in Israel and adjacent countries. Members of the Society have participated in excavations in Israel and Jordan since 1976. MBAS membership is open to anyone who is interested in Biblical Archaeology. MBAS is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, and contributions are tax deductible.

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Madison Biblical Archaeology Society
910 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive
Madison WI 53706

To find out about recent topics and guest lecturers, check the 1997-2016 MBAS MEETINGS ARCHIVE. For further information on MBAS activities or to contact MBAS, contact MBAS secretary Gordon Govier.


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