Where Is Mt. Sinai and Why Does It Matter?

Lanier Theological Lectures

Hosted by the Lanier Theological Library, these lectures are a series of discussions about different aspects of faith by some of the most distinguished theological minds of our time.

2019 — Where Is Mt. Sinai and Does It Matter?


  • September 26, 2019
  • 7:00 pm
  • Collier Auditorium, Talkington Center for Nursing Education

Featured Speaker — James K. Hoffmeier, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Archaeology and Old Testament at Trinity International University

Born and raised in Egypt, the son of missionaries, Hoffmeier graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology. At the University of Toronto he received his MA in Egyptian Archaeology in 1975. He participated in excavations in Egypt in 1975 & 1977 with the Akhenaten Temple Project directed by Professor Donald Redford. He completed his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1982, concentrating on Egyptian Religion. From 1980 to 1999 he was on the faculty of Wheaton College (IL), where he chaired the Department of Biblical and Archaeological Studies for five years. Hoffmeier directed the North Sinai Archaeological Project that was devoted to researching and studying Egypt’s eastern frontier during the New Kingdom (ca. 1550-1200 B.C.), which included excavating at Tell el-Borg from 1999 to 2008.

Hoffmeier has authored a number of books, including “Sacred” in the Vocabulary of Ancient Egypt (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis; Freiburg University Press, 1985), Israel in Egypt: Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition (Oxford University Press, 1997 & 1999), Ancient Israel in Sinai: Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2005/2010), The Archaeology of the Bible  (Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2008) is now available in German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Romanian, Norwegian and Arabic. In 2009 he authored The Immigrations Crisis: Immigrants, Aliens and the Bible (Crossway). He edited and contributed to Abortion: A Christian Understanding and Response (Baker, 1987), Faith, Tradition and History: Old Testament Historiography in its Near Eastern Context (Eisenbrauns, 1994, and re-released as a paperback in 2010) and The Future of Biblical Archaeology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004), and Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith (Crossway, 2012). The first volume of the final report of the excavations at Tell el-Borg appeared in 2014 Excavations in North Sinai: Tell el-Borg I (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns), and his latest books are Akhenaten, His Religion and the Origins of Monotheism (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? Three Views on the Bible's Earliest Chapters (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology), with Gordon Wenham & Kenton Sparks (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015). Most recently Tell el-Borg Volume II (University College: Eisenbrauns/Penn State) appeared in 2019.

Hoffmeier has also appeared in and consulted for a number of TV programs on Egypt and the Bible for the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, the History Channel and National Geographic.

Married  in 1974, James and his wife Cathy have two children. Jessica is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University in Near Eastern Studies (BA) and Trinity (MA) in Near Eastern Archaeology, and did work on her PhD in  Egyptology at Memphis. Jessica and her husband Paul are the proud parents of Danny, Peter, Nate and Gabriel. Benjamin is a graduate of Centre College in Kentucky and holds his MA at Trinity in Theological  Studies. He coached at Trinity College, Wheaton College, Northland Christian High School, Houston Baptist University and after getting married July 2018, he began a new position as head football coach and Bible teacher at Brazos Christian School in Bryan, Texas, where he lives  with his wife Farren.

Dr. Hoffmeier has served as a elder in several churches over most of the past 40 years. He also speaks at various conferences, and teaches and preaches in churches in American and around the world. During the summer of 2015, he taught in Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and during the spring of 2017 he taught church leaders in Egypt. For the 2018-19 academic year, Hoffmeier was Senior Research Fellow with the Creation  Project at the Carl Henry Center at Trinity, with a grant funded by the Templeton Foundation.

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