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 2016, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary participated in the 7th 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.