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Archaeological Studies Institute
Leading the Associates of Biblical Research consortium excavating at Ancient Shiloh

ASI Projects

Ancient Shiloh Excavations

$35,000

TBS administration, faculty, and students serve key roles at Tel Shiloh where the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant resided for 300 years. In conjunction with the Associates for Biblical Research, TBS leads the consortium investigating the location of the tabernacle and any associated structures, excavating evidence of the biblical sacrificial system, seeking to understand daily life in Israel at the time of the Conquest and the period of the Judges, introducing new technologies of wet-sifting and computerization in the field, and equipping students and volunteers with the knowledge and skills needed to scientifically excavate in the Land of the Bible. Tel Shiloh is the primary field lab for Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology students, who often spend 6 weeks or more per year engaging in hands-on-learning with expert professionals from around the world. These funds help defray the costs of these trips for administration, faculty, and students.

Annual Conferences

$15,000

Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) Annual Meeting: A 3-day conference of thousands of professional Biblical scholars, educators, pastors, and students "devoted to the inerrancy and inspiration of the Scriptures and the gospel of Jesus Christ" and "dedicated to the oral exchange and written expression of theological thought and research." TBS faculty and students regularly present at this conference annually. Costs for the conference, food and lodging, and travel average around $1000 per person.

Near East Archaeological Society (NEAS) Annual Meeting: NEAS focuses on research in the lands of the Bible, the modern Middle East, with a distinctively evangelical perspective that considers the Bible as a valuable ancient document providing useful data complimentary to the archaeological record. The annual meeting provides a program of informational papers and reports as well as the opportunity to participate in the business affairs of the organization and is regularly held in conjunction with the ETS Annual Meeting.

American Society of Overseas Research (ASOR) Annual Meeting: As part of their work to initiate, encourage, and support research into, and public understanding of, the history and cultures of the Near East and wider Mediterranean world, ASOR holds an annual meeting that includes paper presentations and workshops related to Near Eastern archaeology.

Equipment and Supplies

$15,000

Campus and field lab equipment, including cameras, computer hardware and software, lighting (regular and UV), and archaeological tools.

JJJ Exhibit

$25,000

Museum exhibit displaying 170 artifacts excavated from the land of the Bible open at TBS during March-December 2022. Many artifacts were excavated by Dr. Scott Stripling and TBS students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology program.

Library Resources

$3,000

Archaeological books, journals, and other academic study resources.

Permanent Museum Space

$300,000+

Long-term museum space for academic study and public displays of TBS and traveling exhibits.

Professors and Professionals

$150,000

Salaries and costs associated with administrative and staff leadership, adjunct faculty, and visiting professionals.

Publishing

$25,000

Researching, writing, editing, and publishing archaeological news, research reports, and study materials in digital and print formats, including articles, books, graphics, newsletters, podcasts, videos, and more.