12th Annual Bible and Archaeology Fest in New Orleans, Nov 20-22

The 12th Annual Bible and Archaeology Fest, sponsored by the Biblical Archaeology Society,  will be held in New Orleans, November 20-22, the same weekend that the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) hold their annual meetings. The program looks particularly good this year and is packed with a thick roster of speakers and fascinating topics:

Anson Rainey, Tel Aviv University
Whence Came the Israelites and Their Language?

April DeConick, Rice University
The Magical Judas: Iscariot’s Gospel and Gem

Aren Maeir, Bar Ilan University
Fleshing out the Bible at Philistine Gath: The Interface of Bible and Archaeology

Avraham Faust, Bar Ilan University
The Assyrian Peace: A Reexamination

Bart Ehrman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Early Christian Counter Forgeries

Ben Witherington III, Asbury Theological Seminary
Oral Texts and Rhetorical Contexts

Bruce Zuckerman, University of Southern California
Technology and Antiquity: The Latest on Recovering Ancient Texts and Artifacts

Craig Evans, Acadia Divinity College
Jesus and the Exorcists: What We Learn From Archaeology

Dan Schowalter, Carthage College
Architecture and Power: Excavations of a Roman Temple Site at Omrit in Northern Israel

Gloria London, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: The Talmud Talks Trash

James Charlesworth, Princeton Theological Seminary
Should the Gospel of John be Used in Jesus Research?

James Tabor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Media Hype, Academic Squabbles, and the James Ossuary: Getting the Facts Straight

Jane Cahill, Tell el-Hammah Archaeological Project
Banquet Q&A Panelist

Jim Hoffmeier, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Exploring David’s Strange Antics after Defeating Goliath

Leonard Greenspoon, Creighton University
Ten Common Misconceptions about Bible Translation: How I Learned to Live with—and even Love—Modern Versions of the Bible

Mark Goodacre, Duke University
Was the Gospel of Thomas Familiar with the Synoptic Gospels?

Mark Wilson, Asia Minor Research Center
In the Footsteps of Paul in Asia Minor: Are there Still Roman Roads to Follow?

Peter Flint, Trinity Western University
The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Septuagint

Sandra Richter, Asbury Theological Seminary
The Israelites and the Environment: An Ancient Code Speaks to a Current Crisis

Steve Mason, York University
The Historical Problem of the Essenes

Sean Freyne Trinity College, Dublin
The Archaeology of Roman Galilee: What we have and have not learned about Jesus the Galilean

Yosef Garfinkel, Hebrew University
*Plenary Session Speaker*
Khirbet Qeiyafa: A Fortified City in Judah from the Time of King David

You can get complete information about program times, costs, registration, and hotel accommodations at the BAR Web site:


The BAR Bible & Archaeology Fest, the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting, and the annual meeting of ASOR each require separate registration. For details on SBL and ASOR see these links: