About Thomas Davis

Thomas Davis

Dr. Tom Davis has forty years of experience as an archaeologist, working extensively in Cyprus, the Near East, Egypt, Central Asia, and the United States. He started his archaeological career as a professional archaeologist for a private company in the USA from 1991-2003. He next served (2003-2011) as Director of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) in Nicosia, Cyprus, one of the premier archaeological research centers in the Eastern Mediterranean. Before coming to Lipscomb University, Tom was a Professor of Archaeology from 2011-2020 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth Texas. Dr. Davis currently directs the Lanier Center excavations at the early Christian site of Kourion (Cyprus). He also serves as Project Co-Director and Field Director, of the Ilyn Balik Expedition, Kazakhstan, as Project Coordinator for the Recordation Project of the West Wall of the Cour de la Cachette in the Temple of Karnak, Luxor Egypt, and as Co-director for the Nuri Pyramid Project in Sudan. Dr. Davis has lectured extensively in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Presenter at

BAS Scholars Series, June 2, 2024
Paul on Cyprus: Crossing the Divide

Recent archaeological work on Cyprus allows a much better understanding of the context of the Pauline visit underscoring the cultural accuracy of the Acts account. A clearer picture of first century Cyprus is emerging, as a complex multi-cultural entity looking both east and west. When Paul arrived in Paphos, he had left his familiar environment and was open to new opportunities. These internal cultural divisions of the province help explain the change of Saul, the apostle to the Jews to Paul the apostle to the Gentiles.

BAS Summer Seminar 2024 at St. Olaf
Interconnections: The Biblical World of the Eastern Mediterranean

  • Asking the question: a History of NT Archaeology
  • Transforming the world: The Impact of Alexander the Great on the Ancient Near East
  • The Hellenistic World
  • Herod and Rome
  • The world turned upside down: The Archaeology of Christmas
  • Galilee of Jesus: Power, politics, and Authority
  • The Archaeology of Paul: The Comfort Zone
  • Archaeology and text: A case study using Paul and Cyprus
  • Multiple Identities: Paul in a colonized world