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Faculty member to discuss biblical origins of story of creation

Baruch Halpern, the Covenant Foundation Professor of Jewish Studies in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, will discuss the origins of the story of creation in the first chapter of Genesis.

Open free to the public, the talk will be held Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Children of Israel, located at 115 Dudley Drive.

Halpern will review evidence that suggests Genesis is the result of a dialogue among the people of the ancient Middle East.

An internationally recognized scholar whose work combines ancient history, archaeology and religious studies, Halpern has authored four books, including The First Historians and David’s Secret Demons: Messiah, Murderer, Traitor, King, which used historical and archaeological evidence to examine the life of King David of Israel.

Halpern also co-directed archaeological excavations of the ancient city Megiddo in Israel, edited two scholarly book series and has appeared in several documentaries on biblical history.