Scholar explores fusing archeological remains, historic texts

January 16, 2009

Scholar Dan Schowalter will investigative the three temples built by Herod the Great that Jewish historian Josephus writes about in his texts at a lecture at 7 p.m., Jan. 29 in Life Sciences A Building, room 1919, Arizona State University Tempe campus. Schowalter will examine the difficulty of integrating material remains at these archeological sites with textual evidence from Josephus’ texts and the New Testament.

The lecture is sponsored in partnership by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Religious Studies, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, School of International Letters and Cultures, and the Central Arizona Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Schowalter will discuss the political significance of holy places in both the ancient and modern world. The remains of the temples at the cities of Caesarea Maritima and Samaria Sebaste in Israel have been discovered for years. But the discovery of a three-phase temple site at Omrit, in northern Israel, has created a debate about the location of the third temple.

He is professor of religion and classics at Carthage College in Wisconsin. His academic interests include archaeology, the development of the New Testament, honors offered to the Roman Emperors, and the modern dialogue between science and religion. Schowalter serves on the archaeology and religion in the greco-Roman world section for the Society of Biblical Literature. He is also associate director of the Macalester College excavation at Omrit in northern Israel.

Schowalter is a contributor to “The Cities of Paul: Images and Interpretations” DVD from the Harvard New Testament Archaeology Project. He is also co-editor of “Urban Religion in Roman Corinth: Interdisciplinary Approaches.” Download Full Image

Women's basketball defeats USC for fourth straight win

January 17, 2009

Dymond">">Dy... Simon scored a season-high 22 points and Danielle"> Orsillo added 15 of her 19 in the second half as Arizona State won its fourth straight game by beating Southern California 83-71.

The Sun Devils (12-6, 4-2 Pac-10) have now beaten the Trojans six straight times dating back to the 2006-07 season. Download Full Image

Camille LeNoir scored 22 points for USC (9-7, 3-2) while Kari LaPlante had 12 and Brynn Cameron 11.

Orsillo hit a pair of 3-pointers and Briann">">... January added another during a 1:40 stretch that broke a 39-39 tie and gave Arizona State a 50-41 lead.

The Trojans never got closer than eight in the final 12 minutes.

Sybil">">Sybil Dosty added 13 points and Lauren">">La... Lacey had 10 rebounds for the Sun Devils, who took advantage of 18 USC turnovers and scored 31 points off those mistakes.

Arizona State held two of the Trojans' leading scorers -- Briana Gilbreath and Nadia Parker -- to single digits.

Gilbreath, who had averaged 11.8 points a game, scored six points. Parker, who was averaging 10.6 points and 6.2 rebounds, was held to five points and three rebounds, spending much of the game in foul trouble.