Marking the Sacred: ​The Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem (Providence College, June 5-7, 2017)

Marking the Sacred: ​The Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem

June 5-7, 2017 at Providence College​​, Providence, RI 
An international conference bringing together experts on the history and archaeology of Jerusalem's Temple Mount/Haram, sacred to Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. Exhibition of photographs from the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem and contemporary artist, Assaf Evron.
Conference Registration & Program: http://www.providence.edu/arts-sciences/Pages/marking-the-sacred-program.aspx. The conference sessions, evening reception, and coffee breaks are free and open to registrants.
All sessions take place at: Providence College, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02918 USA; Tel: +1(401)865-1000; www.providence.edu

Monday, June 5, 2017
​​Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 105

11:30 p.m. – Registration Table Opens - Ruane Center for the Humanities

1:00 p.m. – Introductions and Welcome
President Brian Shanley, O.P., Providence College
​​Joan Branham, ​Professor of ​Art History, Associate Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Providence College

PLENARY SESSION

Moderator: Matthew Adams, Dorot Director, W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
1:20-1:55 p.m. - Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, UNC-Chapel Hill: The First and Second Jerusalem Temples: What Evidence Do We Have of Their Existence and Location?
1:55-2:30 p.m. - Robert Ousterhout, Professor of History of Art, Director of the Center for Ancient Studies, University of Pennsylvania​: The Temple, The Temple Mount, and the Byzantine Imaginary
2:30-3:05 p.m. - Sari Nusseibeh, Professor of Philosophy, Al-Quds University: The Haram through the Islamic Lens
3:05-3:45 p.m. – Discussion​

COFFEE BREAK

4:15-5:00 p.m. – Introduction to Exhibition​: Fr. Gabriel Pivarnik, O.P., Providence College
Beatrice St. Laurent, Professor of Art History, Bridgewater State University​​​: Images of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount/Haram from the Photothèque of the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem
Curator Jamilee Lacy, Providence College: Introduction to "On the Wall" Exhibition

Shuttles/Walking to Smith Center for the Arts

5:15-7:30 p.m. – Gallery Exhibition and Opening Reception – Reilly Gallery
In the Gallery, Contemporary Artist, Assaf Evron

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 105​

MORNING SESSION I -- SECOND-TEMPLE AND ROMAN PERIOD I:

​​Moderator: Michael Satlow, Professor of Judaic Studies and Religious Studies, Brown University

Shimon Gibson, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Invisible and Underground the Temple Mount: Subterranean Spaces, Cisterns, and Wall Foundations based on Archival Sources

Lawrence Schiffman, Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew & Judaic Studies, New York University: The Mishnaic Description of the Hasmonean Temple Plan

Joseph Patrich, Professor of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem​: Segregating the Sacred: The Inner Court (Azara) and the Grill (Soreg) of the Second Temple and their Gates

Fr. Dominique-Marie Cabaret, O.P., École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem​: The Structure of the Hasmonean and Herodian Temples Enlightened by Jerusalem's Urbanism

Discussion

COFFEE BREAK

MORNING SESSION II -- SECOND-TEMPLE AND ROMAN PERIOD II:

Moderator: Mahri Leonard-Fleckman, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, Theology, Providence College

Ronny Reich, Professor Emeritus, Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa & Yuval Baruch, Jerusalem Regional Archaeologist, Israel Antiquities Authority (delivered by Y. Baruch): Discoveries, Construction, and Function of the Triple and Eastern Gates of the Herodian Temple Mount

Helena Roth, Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, Tel Aviv University: Pilgrims Approaching the Temple Mount at the Time of the Procurators: Recent Discoveries of Pools, Elite Courts, and Garbage in the 'Lower City'

Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, Israel Antiquities Authority: ​The Temple Mount in the Roman City of Aelia Capitolina

Discussion

LUNCH​ BREAK​

AFTERNOON SESSION I -- LATE-ROMAN, EARLY CHRISTIAN, AND BYZANTINE I:

Moderator: Arthur Urbano, Associate Professor of Early Christianity, Theology, Providence College

Scott Bradbury, Professor of Classical Languages & Literatures, Smith College: The Emperor Julian’s Plan to Rebuild the Temple and Reinstitute Blood Sacrifice on the Temple Mount

Tracy Thorpe, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Bridgewater State University: The Power of Absence: Why Early Christianity Intentionally Left the Temple Mount in Ruins

Jon Seligman, Director of Excavations, Surveys and Research Department, Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem: A Mount without a Temple: Building Byzantine Jerusalem Around the Temple Mount

Discussion

COFFEE BREAK​

AFTERNOON SESSION II -- LATE-ROMAN, EARLY CHRISTIAN, AND BYZANTINE II:

Moderator: Naomi Koltun-Fromm, Professor of Religion, Haverford College ​

Yuval Baruch, Jerusalem Regional Archaeologist, Israel Antiquities Authority & Ronny Reich, Professor Emeritus, Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa (delivered by Y. Baruch): Jerusalem’s Temple Mount Platform in Roman and Byzantine Periods: New Archaeological and Historical Evidence

Yuri Stoyanov, Research Associate, University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies: The Temple Mount during the Last Byzantine-Sasanian Great War (603-628) – Controversies and Unresolved Problems

Joan Branham, Professor of Art History, Associate Dean, School of Arts & Sciences, Providence College: Reimagining the Jerusalem Temple: Paradigms of Appropriation from Dura Europos to the TV Mini-Series ‘DIG'​

Discussion

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 105​​

MORNING SESSION I -- EARLY ISLAMIC VISIONS:

Moderator: Sandra Keating, Associate Professor of Theology, Director, Development of Western Civilization, Providence College

Beatrice St. Laurent, Professor of Art History, Bridgewater State University: The Dome of the Rock: Mu’awiya’s Vision to Unify the Three Religions of the Book

Donald Whitcomb, Research Associate of Islamic Archaeology, University of Chicago: The Archaeology of the Diwan in early Islamic Jerusalem

Stephen J. Shoemaker, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Oregon ​: The Dome of the Rock and Early Islamic Eschatology

Discussion

COFFEE BREAK​

MORNING SESSION II -- ISLAMIC AND CRUSADER TRANSFORMATIONS:

Moderator: Joseph A. Greene, Deputy Director and Curator of the Semitic Museum, Harvard University

Isam Awwad, Chief Architect & Conservator of the Haram al-Sharif (1972-2004), Senior Associate Fellow, Albright Institute: Nasir Khusrau's Account of Aqsa Mosque Revisited

Jaroslav Folda, Professor Emeritus, Art History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: The Crusader Templum Domini: Fact and Fiction

Michael Burgoyne, District Architect of Historic Scotland, Edinburgh​: The Development of the Haram by the Mamluks

Discussion

CONCLUDING REMARKS:​​

​Joan Branham, ​Professor of Art History, Associate Dean, School of Arts and Sciences Providence College​​​

​​Beatrice St. Laurent, Professor of Art History, Bridgewater State University​​​​​

PUBLICATION MEETING FOR PRESENTERS

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​Sponsors
Conference sponsors include Providence College's Centennial Committee, School of Arts & Sciences, Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies, Department of Art and Art History, and Department of Theology. Additional conference sponsorship comes from the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. Contributors to the exhibition include: The Artis Grant Program, the Office of the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Provost’s Office at Bridgewater State University, the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem, and the Service Bureau at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.​​