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Coins and the Bible: Understanding Ancient Coinage

April 29 @ 10:30 am - 6:00 pm

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Some of the most famous stories in the Bible revolve around coins. From the four-drachma coin pulled from the fish’s mouth to Judas’s thirty pieces of silver, ancient writers have used the terminology of coinage to make their narratives more palatable for their audiences. Coinage communicates the language of empire to its subjects, rich and poor alike, through image and inscription, and helps provide the material background for better understanding the cultural milieu of the Bible. This day conference, “Coins and the Bible,” is primarily aimed at students and scholars of Christian origins and Classics who seek to develop a more comprehensive understanding of numismatics in the ancient world. Renowned scholars from the University of Edinburgh and the British Museum will offer lectures in Hellenistic, Roman, and Jewish coinage ranging from the Second Temple period to late antiquity. The conference will be free for both students and the public, though we suggest considering a £10 donation from public guests. Registration is required and space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up quickly.

Conference Schedule (*All sessions located in the Martin Hall):

Session 1, 10:30-11:45am:

Professor Keith Rutter (University of Edinburgh)

Title: “Coins in the Hellenistic World”

11:45-1:00pm – Lunch Break

Session 2, 1:00-2:15pm:

Dr. Dario Calomino (Curator: Roman Provincial Coins, The British Museum)

Title: “Roman Provincial Coinage from the Death of Caesar to the Antonines”

2:15-2:30pm – Short Coffee Break

Session 3, 2:30-3:15pm:

Joint Session, Professor Helen Bond and Dr. Kim Czaikowsky (University of Edinburgh)

Title: “Judaean Coinage: Two Case Studies”

3:15-3:30pm – Short Coffee Break

Session 4, 3:30-5:00pm:

Richard Abdy (Curator of Roman Coins, The British Museum)

Title: “Coins and the Bible”

Wine Reception Following Final Lecture


April 29
10:30 am - 6:00 pm


Centre for the Study of Christian Origins


New College, The Martin Hall
Mound Pl, Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 2LX United Kingdom
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  • Kathryn B Westbrook, 20th March 2017 at 12:39 pm | Reply

    Please add a link to this page from the main University School of Divinity WebSite

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