Archaeology, wine intersect in upcoming UA lecture

Jennie Ebeling, Ph.D.

Update: This article was corrected 11.8.19 to show that the lecture is taking place on Monday, Nov. 18 (not Sunday).

University of Arizona alumna Jennie Ebeling, Ph.D., now an associate professor of archaeology at the University of Evansville in Indiana, will present the next lecture in the Shaol and Louis Pozez Memorial Lectureship series from the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, “‘Drink Your Wine with a Merry Heart’: Wine in the Hebrew Bible and Archaeology.”

The free lecture will be held on Monday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

The beverage described most frequently by the biblical writers, wine played important roles in the ancient Israelite diet, economy, and religious life. The recent discovery of a large, well preserved winery complex at Jezreel, in the fertile Jezreel Valley in Israel’s Galilee, offers insights into the technology of wine production in the Iron Age (ca. 1200-586 BCE) and provides context for the dramatic story of Naboth’s vineyard in 1 Kings 21.

Ebeling is currently a co-director of the Jezreel Expedition, which is supported by the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. In this lecture, she will discuss wine’s significance in Israelite culture, present the results of the excavation of the Jezreel winery, and suggest how this discovery informs our understanding of the bloody events surrounding Ahab and Jezebel at Jezreel.

For more information, visit www.judaic.arizona.edu or call  626-5758.