Jodi Magness holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism (since 2002).
From 1992-2002, Professor Magness was Associate/Assistant Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology in the Departments of Classics and Art History at Tufts University, Medford, MA.
Professor Magness received her B.A. in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1977), and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania (1989).
From 1990–92, Professor Magness was Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology at the Center for Old World Archaeology and Art at Brown University.
Professor Magness specializes in the archaeology of ancient Palestine (modern Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories) in the Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic periods. Her research interests include Jerusalem, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient synagogues, Masada, the Roman army in the East, and ancient pottery.
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"JERUSALEM" IMAX FROM NBC NEWS:
Alan Boyle, Science Editor
September 20, 2013
"It's a living city, and it's a city that's been inhabited continuously for thousands of years," Jodi Magness, an archaeologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told NBC News. "Unless, God forbid, the city is ever completely abandoned, we'll never get a complete picture."
"Magness is one of the scientific stars of a new movie titled "Jerusalem." The movie, (which opened the week of September 16), takes advantage of IMAX 3-D technology to produce an ultra-big-screen vision of the city, its history and its people."
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"JERUSALEM" IMAX FROM GASTON GAZETTE,
Andrea Honaker, Lifestyles Reporter
Gaston Gazette, October 19, 2013
September 20, 2013
"Jerusalem is one of the most beloved and holy cities in the world... So, what exactly is it that draws people from all over to Jerusalem? A new film provides a unique perspective on the sacred city's past, present and future. "
"(The film) follows three young women of three different faiths who live in the city: Farah Ammouri, a Muslim; Nadia Tadros, a Christian; and Revital Zacharie, a Jew. Also featured in the film is archaeologist Dr. Jodi Magness, a UNC Chapel Hill professor who holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies. Magness discusses Jerusalem's history and the role of archeology in understanding the city's past. During a recent phone interview, The Gazette talked to Magness about the film and her involvement in it.
Path to Jerusalem: The city has been a part of Magness' life since she was a teen. At age 16, she moved to Jerusalem, where...
|Huqoq is an ancient Jewish village near Migdal, the hometown of Mary Magdalene, and close to Capernaum, the center of Jesus' Galilean ministry. In June 2011, Dr. Magness began a new dig at Huqoq, which had never before been excavated.
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THE "DIG HUQOQ" PROJECT has great potential for shedding light on the world of Jesus, the beginnings of early Christianity, and the emergence of rabbinic Judaism. If you cannot become an "on-site digger", here's how to get into the excitement.
IN THE HUFFINGTON POST - SEPTEMBER 1, 2013
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Click here for coverage of the Huqoq discoveries in the Jewish Press.
Here's an example of how the mosaic findings are intriguing people around the US and the world. This article includes an interview with Jodi Magness and raises a topic that most lay-people do not consider when the excitement and beauty of the mosaics seem to be an end in and of their own... and as Jodi Magness points out, the find raises even more work to be accomplished and support to be found:
Magness explained that, while it is very exciting, it also will change the way funds must be raised in order to retain scholarship opportunities for students and pay for her colleagues and herself. “We now need to deal with conservation and preservation of the site, with the ultimate goal of opening the finds to the public either by moving them to a museum or making the site a national park. Either way, we are in need of much additional funding, and any assistance is appreciated.”
Dr. Magness became a professor for the enjoyment of both teaching and learning. Students apply for her courses and dig volunteer opportunities for the same reasons. Sometimes, however, the pleasure one receives by learning from Dr. Magness is a great secret finally revealed:
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