Bible & Archaeology Fest with 20 Experts Offers Lay Audience New Reports, New Analysis and Jodi Magness Plenary LIVE ONLINE


Peter Megginson, Travel/Study Manager
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 6, 2023)—The Biblical Archaeology Society, publisher of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), a popular magazine, will host an online offering of its 26th Annual signature in-person event from San Antonio, Texas.

The Fall Bible and Archaeology Fest on November 17-19 offers live talks from 20 leading Bible scholars and archaeologists via the Zoom app. Registered, paid participants from around the world can enjoy two-and-a-half days of live, online learning with experts in the fields of archaeology and the Bible.

Esteemed scholars including Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Magness’ plenary session is about her experience from the 11th and final excavation season of a 1600-year-old synagogue at Huqoq in Israel. “I love sharing the excitement of archaeology with others,” said Magness.

Other familiar names from Biblical Archaeology Review, plus rising stars will be presenting:

    · ELIZABETH BACKFISH: Greater Is the Art of the Ending: Poetic Closure in the Psalms

    · ROBIN GALLAHER BRANCH: Biblical Nicknames

    · ERIKA BROWN (Q&A Panelist): Top Finds in Biblical Archaeology

    · SIDNIE WHITE CRAWFORD: The Library at the Qumran Caves

    · APRIL DECONICK: Where Did All the Christians Come From?

    · KRISTINE GARROWAY: Growing Up in Ancient Israel

    · MARK GOODACRE: Did the Evangelists Dictate Their Gospels to Scribes?

    · RALPH HAWKINS: The Many Temples of Ancient Israel and the Law of Centralization

    · JODI MAGNESS (Plenary Speaker): More than Just Mosaics: The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee (lecture will not be recorded)

    · ALBERT MCCLURE: Iconoclasm in Yehud: What Can the Pentateuch Tell Us About the Returnees?

    · CHRIS MCKINNY: Armageddon — A Royal Reversal; (Q&A Panelist) Top Finds in Biblical Archaeology

    · DENNIS MIZZI: The Burial of Sealed Jars in the Qumran Cemetery: Disposal of Consecrated Property?

    · R. STEVEN NOTLEY: Jesus and the Passover: What Can Archaeology Tell Us About the Last Supper?

    · STEVEN ORTIZ: Searching for Solomon’s City: Recent Excavations at Tel Gezer

    · KATHERINE SHANER: The (In)Visible City: Foregrounding Enslaved Infrastructures in Ancient Cities and New Testament Texts

    · KERRY SONIA: The Changing Landscape of the Dead in Ancient Israel

    · BEN WITHERINGTON: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Pisidian Antioch

Plus, BAS’ own Glenn J. Corbett, editor-in-chief of Biblical Archaeology Review, will make a special appearance behind the podium.

Registration for this virtual 2.5-day event and limited access to any recordings is $199. The registration deadline is Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 5 pm ET. Sign up online at

The Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) was founded in 1974 as a nonprofit, nondenominational, educational organization dedicated to the dissemination of information about archaeology in the Bible lands.

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