Speaker Series

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Past Speaker Events

1620: The Mayflower Compact and America’s Founding

November 18, 2021

On November 18, the museum will host a panel discussion on the 1620 Mayflower Compact — the shortest American political document of enduring significance. With these few words, however, the Pilgrims sowed the seeds of liberty and self-government that made their small New England settlement a cradle of American democracy. This event will explore the idea that these seventeenth-century Pilgrims were the true forerunners of America’s Founders and examine the Compact as a blueprint used to frame this nation's founding principles as embedded in the US Constitution.

Magna Carta’s Legacy of Liberty: What Are Its Implications Today?

October 28, 2021

Join us for an exciting evening exploring the Magna Carta at Museum of the Bible. Those attending in person will tour our exhibition, Magna Carta: Tyranny. Justice. Liberty., before the program. Everyone, online and in person, will have the opportunity to hear our distinguished speakers discuss the Magna Carta’s legacy and the spiritual perspective behind the famous charter. After the event, there will be a short reception for those at the museum.

The Bible and the Qur'an

October 21, 2021

Join Museum of the Bible for an academic discussion about the Bible's presence in the Qur'an with religious scholar Dr. Gabriel Reynolds.

Shroud of Mystery: The World's Most Analyzed Artifact

October 9, 2021

Discover why the Shroud of Turin, one of the world’s most analyzed artifacts, is still a mystery. Join speakers Dr. Cheryl White, Russ Breault, Father Peter Mangum, and Joe Marino as they explain the secrets of the linen cloth believed by millions to be the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazareth. 

For guests who purchase a VIP ticket, a VIP reception will follow the event.


October 7, 2021

Museum of the Bible members will get the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with some of the curators and specialists from past episodes of The Bible is So … Don’t miss your opportunity to ask your questions and engage more deeply with our artifacts and our amazing staff. The Bible is So … LIVE! will be held October 7 at 7:00 p.m. EDT.

The Case For Heaven:  An Evening With Lee Strobel

September 14, 2021

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have caused people around the world to consider the fragility of life, asking, “what happens when we close our eyes for the last time in this world?” and “is there an afterlife?” In his new book, The Case for Heaven: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for Life After Death, best-selling and award-winning author Lee Strobel presents his findings for the reality of life after death through conversations with respected scholars and experts.  

The Mystery of the Codex Valmadonna I

The Mystery of the Codex Valmadonna I

August 19, 2021

Discover the remarkable history of the Codex Valmadonna I—the only extant Hebrew manuscript dated to medieval England—through an in-depth look at this fascinating artifact, which is currently on display in Museum of the Bible’s newest exhibit,Magna Carta: Tyranny. Justice. Liberty. This story involves both the history of Jews in England before their expulsion in 1290 C.E. as well as the origins of the Ḥumash, the Synagogue Bible. Taken together, the extraordinary features of this Bible show how a manuscript can bring both a text and history to life.

A Time of Crisis and Opportunity

A Time of Crisis and Opportunity

April 15, 2021

Join Museum of the Bible for a thought-provoking conversation between two career-long champions of religious freedom, Dr. Tom Farr, president of the Religious Freedom Institute, and Ken Starr, former US solicitor general, about Starr's new book, Religious Liberty in Crisis: Exercising Your Faith in an Age of Uncertainty. The conversation will lead the audience through an understanding of America's rich tradition of religious liberty, discuss current crises threatening that bedrock freedom, and offer practical insights about taking a more active role in advancing liberty's cause.

Myths and Mistakes

March 25, 2021

Join us for a special event on Thursday, March 25, with Elijah Hixson and Peter Gurry to discuss their book, Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism. Gurry and Hixson argue that we can reliably know what the biblical text initially said as well as address the ways in which the textual history of the New Testament has been misrepresented and misunderstood by both skeptics and believers.

How to Live a Happier Life: Lessons from the Haggadah

March 15, 2021

More than a guidebook for the celebration of Passover, the Haggadah (Hebrew for “telling”) contains Jewish teachings, ideas, and principles that entrepreneur and philanthropist Mark Gerson says can help everyone, regardless of religious belief, live a happier, more meaningful life.

Esther in America

February 11, 2021

Dr. Stu Halpern’s (Yeshiva University) new book, Esther in America: The Scroll’s Interpretation in and Impact on the United States, and the role the beloved biblical book has played in American social and political history will be examined.

Peoples of the Bible: The Philistines

January 7, 2021

The vivid stories of Delilah and Goliath have made the Philistines the most famous villains of the Hebrew Bible. But, for the last two hundred years, explorers, historians, archaeologists, and, now, even geneticists have been working to understand the ancient people behind these famous biblical tales. Join us for an exploration of Philistine origins.

Cornel West and Robert P. George: On Honesty and Courage in a Time of Polarization

November 18, 2020

Two of America's most important public intellectuals—Robert P. George and Cornel West—come together to discuss the urgent need for honesty and courage at a time when mutual suspicion and animosity undermine civic friendship and imperil social order. George and West will draw upon the resources of faith and reason—in the biblical tradition—to rise above extreme polarization.

400 Years Since Plymouth

October 7, 2020

Join Professor John Turner and a distinguished panel as they cover topics relating to the Pilgrims, Plymouth, and the development of religious liberty in early American history. This event will be held virtually using Zoom.

Locating the Lost City of the Apostles

October 1, 2020

After years of digging, Professor R. Steven Notley believes he can prove the true location of biblical Bethsaida, also known as the "Lost City of the Apostles." Get the latest scoop on El-Araj from Professor Notley and learn why he thinks it is the best candidate for biblical Bethsaida during this special program held in person at Museum of the Bible and virtually through Zoom.

Illuminating the Passover Haggadah

August 27, 2020

Learn about the stories within our new exhibit, With a Mighty Hand: The Art and History of the Passover Haggadah. Sharon Mintz, an expert in illuminated Hebrew manuscripts, and Elka Deitsch, the curator of the Haggadah exhibit, will share about the history of the Haggadah during the Middle Ages and beyond.

Winning the Vote! The Woman’s Bible and Suffrage

August 13, 2020

Join Museum of the Bible in an online discussion about The Woman’s Bible, a biblical commentary written by suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others, as we celebrate 100 years since the passing of the 19th Amendment. This event will be held virtually using Zoom.

A Conversation with Washington Nationals Chaplain Msgr. Stephen Rossetti

July 2, 2020

From blessing baseball bats, to praying with the injured and encouraging the team to “stay in the fight,” Monsignor Rossetti will share stories of what it was like to minister to our hometown team throughout their extraordinary 2019 season.

The Bible in Our Hands

February 2, 2020

Focusing on two of the most prominent Jewish manuscripts in America, Dr. Gary Rendsburg, a leading scholar in biblical and Judaic studies, walks us through the story of the Hebrew Bible from the Dead Sea Scrolls to the versions we read today.

Free Exercise Equality

January 16, 2020

Join us for a conversation with experts from the Religious Freedom Institute as we explore religious freedom as a fundamental human right.

Faith and the American University

January 12, 2020

Do people of faith still have a place in the American university? Join us for this important conversation.

New Discoveries in the City of David

November 19, 2019

In 586 BC, the City of David fell to the Babylonians. Today, archaeological excavations continue to reveal evidence of this remarkable moment in history. Come hear about and see some of the extraordinary remains.

Who Is an Evangelical?

October 29, 2019

Dr. Thomas Kidd, one of America’s top historians, will engage Russell Moore and Reverend Thabiti Anyabwile in a spirited conversation about the history of the evangelical movement and the current crisis it faces. A reception and book signing will follow.

Shroud of Turin: Explore the Mystery

January 18, 2020

Few artifacts in the world have stirred the imagination and provoked controversy as much as the Shroud of Turin. Now, it’s your turn to explore the mystery!

Visions of the Apocalypse

October 10, 2019

Join us for a discussion of the Apocalypse in the Bible and in contemporary art. An art exhibit featuring local artists’ interpretations of the Apocalypse will accompany the event.

Abel Beth Maacah: Uncovering the Secrets of a Biblical City

Thursday, October 3, at 7 p.m.

Learn more about an exciting archaeological discovery related to a biblical king found at the site of Abel Beth Maacah in Israel. Museum of the Bible is honored to host Azusa Pacific University professor and co-leader of the excavation, Dr. Robert Mullins, for a discussion of this and other fascinating finds.

How Happiness Happens – An Evening with Max Lucado

Monday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Ever wondered what the secret to lasting happiness is? Meet Max Lucado and hear what he has found that lasts as he launches his newest book How Happiness Happens: Finding Lasting Joy in a world of Comparison, Disappointment, and Unmet Expectations. Join us on September 16 to celebrate this pastor and best-selling author. Receive a signed copy of his book upon registering!

The Tapestry of Light: A Discussion with the Artist and Curators

Saturday, July 6, at 2 p.m.

Guests heard from the artist and curators on what inspired The Tapestry of Light, its style, content, techniques and technology. The attendees learned about its contribution to the history of art, science and faith, what it means to the artist and how it was achieved.

The Most Unusual and Needed Gospel Commentary

April 2019

Guests joined Dr. Amy-Jill Levine and Dr. Ben Witherington in conversation about their new book, a commentary on the Gospel of Luke. The scholars shared personal stories from the time they spent writing this unique Jewish and Christian commentary on a “Christian Gospel of a Jewish prophet,” including lessons learned, controversial points, unanswered questions and opportunities ahead. The evening included a time for audience questions and a book signing.

Celebrate the Torah at Museum of the Bible

April 2019

Museum of the Bible and 929 celebrated the 929 global online Tanakh study project as it reached the completion of the study of the Torah in its cycle. Concurrent programs were held in the museum throughout the day, followed by a conversation with Dr. Robert Alter, University of California at Berkley, and Dr. Adele Berlin, professor emerita, University of Maryland.

Jerusalem and Rome Special Speaker Series

March and April 2019

This special two-part speaker series brought together top scholars from different fields to dive deeper into some of the themes of the Jerusalem and Rome: Cultures in Context in the First Century CE, an exhibiton from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem now on display at Museum of the Bible. The event focused on the forces unleashed during and after the Great Jewish Revolt and explores how the revolt influenced early Judaism and Christianity.

Liberty in the Things of God

April 2019

Christians have struggled for religious freedom from the early days of the Christian movement through the seventeenth century. Guests heard Dr. Robert Wilken and a distinguished slate of religious freedom experts discuss his book, Liberty in the Things of God, and how the origins of religious freedom and liberty of conscience are religious, not political.

The Archaeology of Religious Interaction in Late Antique Palestine

March 2019

This lecture explored the interaction between Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities during the tumultuous seventh century CE through recent archaeological discoveries!

Celebrate Women's History Month Speaker Series

March 2019

Museum of the Bible celebrated Women’s History Month with a special panel focused on the impact of faith and the Bible on women in the clergy, workplace and communities.

Tel Shimron: A New Window into the Biblical World

February 2019

Guests learned about the latest archaeological discoveries unearthed at Tel Shimron, an exciting new excavation sponsored by Museum of the Bible. The co-directors presented unpublished research and unique discoveries made in their first season of excavation.

First President, First Freedom: Religious Freedom and Washington’s Election

February 2019

Confronting rising threats of violent intolerance, including the October 2018 massacre at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, this panel discussed Washington’s legacy of religious freedom.

The Bible and War

November 2018

How does the Bible relate to war? A distinguished panel discussed the topics of just war theory and peacemaking negotiations in relationship to the Bible.

Antisemitism Unmasked: How the Bible Exposes the Evil of Antisemitism With Dr. Michael Rydelnik

October 2018

This lecture reviewed the enduring nature of the world’s oldest hatred and examined what the Bible reveals about this terrible evil.

Chosen People, Promised Lands: The Bible, Israel and U.S. Foreign Policy

October 2018

This panel discussion among leading scholars placed the controversial phenomenon of “Christian Zionism” in the context of American’s historical fascination with biblical themes of covenant and redemption.

Billy Graham: His Life and Legacy

September 2018

This lecture explored Billy Graham’s enduring impact, in the shaping of Christianity generally and the evangelical movement in particular, in the United States and in other parts of the world.

A Conversation with Carol and Eric Meyers: 50 years of Archaeological Investigation in Israel

July 2018

Carol and Eric Meyers, two pre-eminent archaeologists and Biblical scholars with over 50 years of experience and leadership in their profession, discussed their archaeological work in Israel.

The Role of the Bible in Prisoner Transformation

June 2018

Museum of the Bible hosted Dr. Byron Johnson’s presentation of compelling evidence that the Bible and faith-motivated individuals and organizations can provide a powerful antidote to crime-related problems.

Only One Life

June 2018

Jackie Green and Lauren McAfee discussed their book, “Only One Life: How a Woman's Every Day Shapes an Eternal Legacy”, and the important women of the Bible who have made impact on our world!

Mako Fujimura on the “Theology of Making”

April 2018

Museum of the Bible hosted distinguished artist, author and speaker, Makoto Fujimura. Fujimura's "The Art of the Gospels" exhibition was on display at the museum from November 2017 - April 2018.

The Rock, The Road, and The Rabbi

March 2018

The “Today” show’s Kathie Lee Gifford visited Museum of the Bible to share her transformative experience of visiting the land of the Bible as expressed in her book, “The Rock, The Road, and The Rabbi”.

The Lindisfarne Gospels

March 2018

Professor Michelle P. Brown explored the creation of the beautifully illuminated Lindisfarne Gospels on Holy Island off the northeast coast of Britain over 1,300 years ago.

C'est La Vie! Explore Vanitas Themes from the Book of Ecclesiastes Through Baroque Art

March 2018

This lecture focused on the theme of vanitas, showcasing its remarkable impact on 17th-century art.

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