23rd Annual Bible and Archaeology Fest
ONLINE Only via Zoom

October 24 - 25, 2020
2-Day Online Seminar


Two full days of live talks via Zoom from world leading Bible scholars and archaeologists. Join in via computer, tablet, or phone this October 24-25, wherever you have internet. The pandemic makes it impossible for us to gather together, as we have done annually for decades, but we will not be deterred. Sign in, and share in the new finds and new analyses, advancing understanding and new debates in the field of biblical archaeology. Read below to see the exciting speakers we have and the titles of their talks. Click through to see, in most cases, a synopsis of what they will share with you, at the 23rd annual Bible and Archaeology Fest. Join us!


Eric Cline
Plenary Speaker

The George Washington University
Digging Deeper: How Archaeology Works

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Kara Cooney

An evening with Kara Cooney and William Schniedewind moderated by BAR Editor, Robert Cargill.

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William Schniedewind

An evening with Kara Cooney and William Schniedewind moderated by BAR Editor, Robert Cargill.

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John Ahn

Howard University
Returns of Diaspora Judean Communities in the Fifth Century BCE

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Marc Brettler

Duke University
The Bible With and Without Jesus with Amy-Jill Levine

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Sidnie White Crawford

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Caves and Scrolls: The Story of Qumran

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Jennie Ebeling

University of Evansville in Indiana
Expectation vs. Reality: Great Fails in Biblical Archaeology

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Bart Erhman

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Did Jesus Believe in Hell?

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Mark Goodacre

Duke University
Who wrote the Fourth Gospel

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Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

William Jessup University
Women in Ancient Israel

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Ralph Hawkins

Averett University
Early Israel’s Ammonite Wars and Recent Excavations at Biblical Naʿarah (Josh 16:7)

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Amy-Jill Levine

Vanderbilt University
The Bible With and Without Jesus with Marc Brettler

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Aren Maeir

Bar-Ilan University
So you thought you knew about the Philistines? How our understanding has changed in the last 20 years

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Carol Meyers

Duke University
Holy Land Archaeology: Where the Past Meets the Present with Eric Meyers

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Eric Meyers

Duke University
Rediscovery of the Holy Land with Carol Meyers

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R. Steven Notley

Nyack College
What Language(s) Did Jesus Speak and What Difference Does It Make?

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Steven Ortiz

Lipscomb University
The Political Expansion of the United Monarchy based on Recent Archaeological Research

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James Tabor

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
When Prophecy Fails—The Dynamics of Biblical Messianic Apocalypticism

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Joe Uziel

Israel Antiquities Authority
The Capital of Judah In Its Early Days: New Thoughts and Ponderings

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Ben Witherington III

Asbury Theological Seminary
Paul and Women: A Reappraisal

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To access the online 23rd Annual Bible and Archaeology Fest,
you will receive "How to Join Event" instructions by email prior to October 24, 2020.

Lectures begin Saturday, Oct. 24 at 11:00 am and end at 6:30 pm Eastern.

Sunday, Oct. 25 lectures Oct. 25 begin at 11:00 am and end at 4:00 pm Eastern.

* Select recorded lectures available to attendees through early November *


  • Full payment due at time of registration
  • Regular: $199/per person
  • Student Rate: $99/per person
  • Cancellation: Partial funds may be requested until October 9, 2020. You will be refunded the full amount minus a $20.00 USD administrative fee.

Speakers Schedule


For more information contact:

Alicia Bregon
202-364-3300 ext 216
Email: [email protected]
Biblical Archaeology Society
4710 41st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016