Biblical Archaeology

The Michael and Sara Moskau Institute of Archaeology and the Center for Archaeological Research serve to encourage the scholarly development and research in the disciplines of biblical archaeology and biblical studies.

The Michael and Sara Moskau Institute of Archaeology and the Center for Archaeological Research serve to encourage the scholarly development and research of the seminary faculty and students, seeking to train and inspire a new generation of biblical scholars to engage in current research in the disciplines of biblical archaeology and biblical studies. The Center for Archaeological Research was established as a Southern Baptist effort to provide a presence in the field and impact the discipline of biblical archaeology.

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has a long history of involvement in Biblical Archaeology. For over half a century, seminary professors have served as directors and field supervisors for students who have participated in various archaeological research and field schools such as Aphek, Beersheba, Tel Masos, Batash-Timnah, Tel Qasile, Tel Beth Shean, Tel Rehov, and now Tel Gezer. In addition, NOBTS has been a consortium member at Tel Aphek, Tel Batash and the current Tel Gezer Excavation and Publication Project. The current leadership team brings a wealth of experience and direction to the archaeology program at NOBTS.

In the Summer 2017, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary participated in the eighth season of excavation at Tel Gezer Water System Project in Israel.

The Center also hosts the Manuel Family Lectureship on Archaeology and the Bible and is having a lectureship series on the Archaeology of Ancient Israel. Announcement of future Manuel Family Lectureships will be forthcoming.

The Moskau Institute of Archaology and the Center for Archaeological Research are ministries of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

3939 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70126

Archaeology Concentrations in Degrees at NOBTS

  • Master of Divinity - with specialization in Biblical Studies, with a concentration in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology
  • Master of Divinity - with specialization in Biblical Languages, elective courses in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology
  • Master of Arts - (Biblical Studies), with a concentration in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology
  • Master of Arts - (Biblical Archaeology)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - A minor in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology is offered within the Old Testament and New Testament majors
  • Archaeology and Biblical Backgrounds courses at NOBTS

Excavations & Publication Project

One of the main projects of the CAR is participation in the Tel Gezer Excavation and Publication Project in Israel, which began under the leadership of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2006. Over the past 40 years, NOBTS has participated in a number of excavation projects in Israel, including Tel Sheva (Beersheba), Tel Aphek, Tel Batash (Timnah), Tel Qasile, Tel Beth Shean, and Tel Rehov.

CURRENT PROJECT

The current excavation project of the Center for Archaeological Research is the Tel Gezer Water System Project. This project began in 2010 and is jointly sponsored by NOBTS, the Israel National Parks Authority (INPA), and the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). The co-director of the excavation from the INPA is Dr. Tsvika Tsuk, Chief Archaeologist of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, working in conjunction with the Leadership Team from NOBTS: Drs. Daniel Warner, James Parker, and R. Dennis Cole. Summer 2018 Gezer Water System Expedition

Dates

May 27 -June 14, 2018 (3 weeks); participants will need to arrive by May 25 to participate in the Saturday Jerusalem Introductory tour.

Cost

$1,950.00 for room, board, transportation, and weekend travel for the full 3 weeks. Overseas flights are to be arranged by each individual, and the dig staff will arrange for each to be picked up at the nearby (20 minutes) Ben Gurion airport. Some space is available for those who cannot stay all 3 weeks, at $650.00 per week.

Weekend Travel

The expedition will arrange travel to various key areas and sites during the 3-week stay, including Jerusalem, Galilee, the coastal plains of Sharon and Philistia, and the Dead Sea. Graduate Credit: Up to 9 semester hours of graduate or undergraduate credit can be obtained through NOBTS for the full 3-week participation in the expedition. Course tuition at a substantially reduced rate for NOBTS students will be assessed by the seminary for student participants in the courses. Contact Dr. Cole for more information on courses and credit opportunities.

Accommodations and Directions

The excavation project will be housed at Neve Shalom. The Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam (Oasis of Peace) Guest House is part of a unique community in which Jews and Arabs have chosen to live side by side. The students and staff will stay in the various double and quad rooms on the hotel grounds. These suites will be within a short walking distance of the excavation dighouse where all the lectures and processing of finds will take place. Neve Shalom is located close to everything in central Israel, just 30 minutes from either Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, or 20 minutes from Ben Gurion Airport. All guestrooms have air conditioning, telephone, television, and refrigerator. The dighouse and hotel lobby have wireless availability for all guests.

Neve Shalom

Visit the Neve Shalom websites for more information Here and Here.

Contacts

Dr. Dan Warner (dwarner@nobts.edu)
Dr. Dennis Cole (rdcole@nobts.edu)
Dr. Tsvika Tsuk (tsuk@npa.org.il)

Applications and Forms

Tel Gezer Water System Excavation Project

In the summer of 2010 NOBTS took on the project of probing the ancient water system at Tel Gezer. The broader excavation of Tel Gezer (under the directorship of Dr. Steven Ortiz of SWBTS and Dr. Sam Wolff of the Israel Antiquities Authority [IAA]), took the summer off to publish the results of its last four seasons. In the interim, NOBTS under the leadership of Drs. Dan Warner, Dennis Cole, and Jim Parker (all professors at NOBTS) and Dr. Tsvika Tsuk (of the Israel National Parks Authority) took on the challenge to reopen the ancient water system at Gezer, which first was exposed beginning in 1905 by the British archaeologist Robert A. S. Macalister. Since his excavations left several unanswered questions, such as, what is the source for the water, what is the date of the tunnel, and what is its overall function, reopening the system was necessary to clarify these issues. Since the tunnel first was exposed, over 10 meters of fill had accumulated in the tunnel, which leads to a cave or cavern that is the source for the water. This diagonal stepped tunnel leading to the cavern is over 40 meters long heading in an eastern direction. On the link page for CAR, one can check out the Photo Gallery, Video updates, and Can You Dig It blog on what we are doing and the extent of exploration into this cavern.

Lectures at the Center for Archaeology Research

The Moskau Institute and the Center for Archaeological Research sponsor several lectures throughout the year. The Moskau Institute and CAR bring top scholars working in the field of biblical archaeology to report on recent findings and developments in the field. Most lectures are open to the public.

- November 7, 2017 - Archaeology Lecture featuring Dr. Tsvika Tsuk, Chief Archaeologist with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority

Can You Dig It?

The Archaeology Blog is updated periodically throughout our annual dig. Click HERE to jump to our blog.

Leadership Team