DEPARTMENT OF BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY

The Department of Biblical Archaeology exists to provide a venue and apparatus for instruction, research, and field experience in archaeology within ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman contexts. Biblical archaeology seeks to illuminate our understanding of the biblical world by recovering and investigating its material culture and ancient texts. This department provides the opportunity for students to participate in scheduled excavations throughout the modern countries representing this historical context. Participants in such excavations will be equipped to demonstrate the skills necessary for all phases of fieldwork, follow-up analysis, conservation, and the publication of such findings.

Biblical Archaeology Concentration

This concentration allows a student to go deeper into the field of biblical archaeology—exploring issues of methodology, theory, fieldwork, excavation, analysis, and conservation. It offers ideal academic preparation for the student who desires to progress toward doctoral work. The concentration includes the following courses in addition to the 42 core credit hours for the MABS and the 71 core credit hours for the MDiv.

 

Below are the requirements for this concentration in both the MABS and MDiv degree programs:

MABS Degree Program Requirements
MABS Required Common Core42
AR 510Archaeological Method and Theory2
AR 515Intro to Biblical Archaeology2
AR 610Archaeological Fieldwork I2
AR 615Archaeological Fieldwork II*2
BE 710Ancient Near Eastern Backgrounds2
BE 706Hellenism and 2nd Temple Jewish Backgrounds2
Elec.Open Electives (typically 3-4 courses)6
Total Concentration Credits18
Total MABS Credits60
MDiv Degree Program Requirements
MDiv Required Common Core71
AR 510Archaeological Method and Theory2
AR 515Intro to Biblical Archaeology2
AR 610Archaeological Fieldwork I2
AR 615Archaeological Fieldwork II*2
BE 710Ancient Near Eastern Backgrounds2
BE 706Hellenism and 2nd Temple Jewish Backgrounds2
Elec.Open Electives (typically 4-5 courses)9
Total Concentration Credits21
Total MDiv Credits92

*May be substituted with an approved elective.

DEPARTMENT FACULTY

Tim Sigler

Department Chair

Dr. Tim Sigler serves as Provost and Dean at Shepherds Theological Seminary (Cary, NC) where he is…read more.

Joel Kramer

Field Archaeologist/Adjunct

Faculty

Joel Kramer serves as Adjunct Professor of Biblical Archaeology – our “archaeologist in the field”…read more.

Titus Kennedy

Field Archaeologist/Adjunct

Faculty

Dr. Titus Kennedy is a field archaeologist working primarily with sites and materials related to the Bible…read more.

Clayton Schultz

Operations and Cooperative

Disciplines Director

Dr. Clayton Schultz serves as the Director of The WEST Institute (Laramie, WY), where he is responsible for…read more.

Douglas D. Bookman

Faculty

Dr. Bookman completed his M.Div. and Th.M. at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, and…read more.

Peter Goeman

Faculty

Peter Goeman began serving at Shepherds in 2017 as Assistant Professor of Old Testament and…read more.

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W. Andrew Smith

Faculty

W. Andrew Smith is Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, and serves as…read more.

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