Josh Bowen

From Committed Pastor to Academia to Atheism to Agnosticism

Dr. Joshua Bowen graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 2017 with a Ph.D. in Assyriology and a minor in Hebrew Bible. He wrote his dissertation on the lamentational liturgies of the city of Kiš, and specializes in the Sumerian, Akkadian, and Hebrew languages. Joshua is a Fulbright Scholar, and was also awarded the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (D.A.A.D.) during the 2014-2015 academic year, allowing him to spend the year in Tubingen, Germany, working with Dr. Konrad Volk on his dissertation project.

As well as his Ph.D., Josh holds a B.S. in Religion from Liberty University, a Th.M. in the Old Testament from Capital Bible Seminary, and a M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the Johns Hopkins University. He has published four books, including the best-selling The Atheist Handbook to the Old Testament, Volume IDid the Old Testament Endorse Slavery?Learning to Pray in a Dead Language, and Learn to Read Ancient Sumerian: An Introduction for Complete Beginners (co-authored with his wife, Megan Lewis). He also has two books forthcoming (2022): The Atheist Handbook to the Old Testament, Volume II, and Learn to Read Ancient Sumerian, Volume II.

Josh will be speaking on the historical unreliability of the Biblical exodus and conquest narratives and how to use that information when debating or discussing the Bible with a Christian (apologist)

We all know the stories of Moses and the ten plagues, parting the sea, the Ten Commandments, and Joshua’s battle of Jericho. But how much of those stories is actually historical? How do we know? In this lecture, Dr. Josh examines the archaeological and historical evidence for the Biblical exodus and conquest accounts, equipping the listener to effectively engage with Christians and apologists on this hot-button issue.

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