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, Tel Gezer, Sepphoris, and the current Tel Hadid Expedition. The current leadership team brings a wealth of experience and direction to the archaeology program at NOBTS.

In the Summer of 2018, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary completed the excavation of Tel Gezer Water System Project in Israel and began a new dig at Tel Hadid.

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 Archaeology 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

The Moskau Institute began excavations at Tel Hadid in 2018 in partnership with Tel Aviv University. Visit http://hadidexpedition.org for additional details about the site and the scope of the excavation.

2019 Tel Hadid Expedition

The Moskau Institute will continue the excavation work at Tel Hadid in 2019.

2019 Tel Hadid Expedition

Dates

June 2-27, 2019 (4 weeks); participants will need to arrive by May 31 to participate in the Saturday Jerusalem Introductory tour.

Cost

*Preference given for those staying 2 weeks or more. Includes travel to Jerusalem on Saturday, 1 June.
1 week $750
2 weeks $1300
3 weeks $1950
4 weeks $2400
$100 per day for additional days

Airfare to Israel

Airfare is in addition to room and board prices. Participants are expected to make their own flight arrangements to Israel.

Weekend Travel with Guide

$50 per day per person

Tentative Travel Schedule
7 June - Caesarea Martima, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo, Sepphoris, Acco
8 June - Sea of Galilee sites: Mt. Beatitudes, Chorazin, Capernaum, Magdala, etc.
14 June - Qumran, Masada, En Gedi, Dead Sea Swimming
15 June - Shephelah - Beth Shemesh, Lachish, Negev-Beersheba, Arad
21 June - Jerusalem 2 + shopping
22 June - Optional additional sites

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 (Coming Soon)

  • Brochure
  • 2019 Volunteer Application
  • 2019 Medical Form
  • 2019 Student Application

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.

MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE AND ARCHAEOLOGY

Request a guided tour for your group.

Leadership Team