Coordinator, Associate Professor Adam Miglio
Other instructors: Daniel Master, Stephen Moshier, Douglas Penney, John Walton
Biblical Archaeology is an integrative discipline that lies at the intersection of biblical studies, ancient languages, and the social sciences. Students in this major are trained to study the Bible within its long-term geographic, historical, cultural, and social contexts. In addition to core courses in archaeology, history, and ancient languages (including biblical languages), the major requires participation in an approved archaeological excavation and an interdisciplinary emphasis in Anthropology, Ancient Languages or Geology.
The combination of these disciplines provides a strong liberal arts foundation for a variety of vocations as students will be equipped to think historically, linguistically, and archaeologically. Of particular importance for the Christian is the way in which biblical archaeology provides a foundation for biblical study. Today as never before the cultural setting of the biblical text is accessible through archaeological and linguistic discoveries in the Near East. By mooring Scripture in ancient lifeways it is possible to clarify and enliven its message while exploring its contemporary relevance.
Along with specific requirements for any major, all students in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs must meet all general education and graduation requirements under a single catalog.
Requirements for a major in Biblical Archaeology are 36 hours beyond the 12 hours from general education requirements:
|General Education Requirements|
|Old Testament Archaeology|
or ARCH 213
|New Testament Archaeology|
or BITH 374
|Greek or Hebrew language competency|
|Archaeology of the Classical World|
|Statecraft and International Relations in the Ancient Near East|
|Archaeology of Biblical Lands|
|Select 6 credits of biblical studies in New Testament OR Old Testament:||6|
and New Testament Criticism
|Old Testament Criticism|
and Hebrew Exegesis
or BITH 635
|Select one of the following:||6|
|Studies in Biblical Lands|
and Historical Geography
and Jerusalem, the Holy City
or ARCH 369
|Religions of Israel and the Near East|
|ARCH 412||Advanced Archaeological Study 1||2|
|ARCH 494||Senior Seminar||2|
|Select six credits of 300-level courses 2||6|
|Select one of the following, field experience involves excavation, interpretation, and studies in related regional archaeology:||4|
|Archaeological Field Work|
|Archaeological Field Work: Tel Shimron, Israel|
Six hours in a single interdisciplinary emphasis (300-level courses from either Anthropology/Sociology, Ancient Languages, or Geology).