The Officers and Directors of the
The English-Speaking Union, Atlanta Branch
Cordially invite you to the Annual Brunch and a presentation by
MAX MILLER, PhD
"Colorful British Characters in Exploration of Palestine
….T.E. Lawrence, Ludwig Bruckhardt and others!"
Sunday, January 19, 2014, 1:00 p.m.
Ansley Golf Club
196 Montgomery Ferry Drive, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
$30.00 Members | $35.00 Guests
Valet Parking | Cash Bar
RSVP by January 13 with check payable to
ESU, Atlanta Branch
1879 Greystone Road, NW
Atlanta, GA. 30318
Please contact Caroline Coles at 404-355-1879 with questions
Dr. James Maxwell Miller is a native of Kosciusko, MS. He majored in History at Millsaps College and completed the Ph.D. degree at Emory University in Hebrew Bible. After teaching three years at Birmingham-Southern College, Dr. Miller returned to Emory in 1967 to join the faculty of Candler School of Theology. He directed Emory's Graduate Division of Religion (Emory's Ph.D. program in Religion) from 1983 to 1992, retired from Emory as Professor Emeritus in 1999, joined the staff at Fernbank Museum of Natural History as archaeologist later that year, and retired from Fernbank in 2009.
Dr. Miller combines interests in Ancient History, Archaeology and Biblical Studies. At Candler, his courses focused on the historical and archaeological backgrounds of biblical times. Among archaeologists, he is perhaps best known for directing an archaeological survey of the region of ancient Moab (in present-day Jordan). The results of this survey, conducted between 1978 and 1983, were published as Archaeological Survey of the Kerak Plateau (1991). In Biblical Studies, he is best known for books and articles on ancient Israelite history. Among the books are The Old Testament and the Historian (1976), Israelite and Judean History (1977), and A History of Ancient Israel and Judah (1986; 2nd ed., 2006), the last two co-edited and co-authored respectively with John Hayes.
Millsaps College awarded Dr. Miller an honorary doctorate in 1984. Upon his retirement from Emory, an international group of scholars, including some of his former students, published a book in his honor, a collection of essays under the title The Land That I Will Show You: Essays on the History and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East in Honor of J. Maxwell Miller (Sheffield Academic Press, 2001).
At Fernbank, Museum Dr. Miller served as local curator for exhibitions having to do with the ancient world. These included "Life and Death under the Pharaohs" (2000), "Syria: Land of Civilizations" (2001-2002), "The Etruscans: An Ancient Culture Revealed" (2004), and "Imperial Rome" (2006). Also Dr. Miller led educational travel programs under Fernbank sponsorship, often in conjunction with the Fernbank exhibits. Destinations have included Syria, Lebanon and Jordan (2000), Egypt (2000, 2001), Sicily (2000, 2007), Eastern Turkey (2002), Tuscany (2003), Silk Road (Xian to Kashgar 2004), Tunisia and Libya (2004), and Greece (2005).
In addition to his extensive travels in the Middle East as an archaeologist, Dr. Miller has, since 1980, directed the Middle East Travel-Seminar. Through this travel program funded by the Pattilluch Foundation, he has introduced Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and Greece to more than a thousand seminary students and lay people. Many more have used the guidebook that he wrote for this program, Introducing the Holy Land (1981), in their private travels. Dr. Miller also serves as consultant to the CF Foundation, which sponsors pilgrimages to Israel for groups clergy, and for which he has also written a guidebook titled Macedonian Ministries: A Pilgrimage Guide to the Holy Land.