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Michael & Sara Moskau Institute of Archeology

Executive Director, Dr. Jim O. Parker

The Moskau Institute serves to encourage the scholarly development and research of the seminary faculty and to train and inspire a new generation of biblical scholars to engage in current research in the disciplines of biblical archaeology and biblical studies. The Institute was established as a Southern Baptist effort to provide a presence in the field and impact the discipline of biblical archaeology.

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has a long history of involvement in Biblical Archaeology. For over half a century, seminary professors have served as directors and field supervisors for students who have participated in various archaeological research and field schools such as Aphek, Beersheba, Tel Masos, Batash–Timnah, Tel Qasile, Tel Beth Shean, Tel Rehov, Tel Gezer and Sepphoris (Zippori) where the Moskau Institute partnered with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Since 2018, NOBTS, through the Moskau Institute, is partnering in excavations with Tel Aviv University at Tel Hadid.

The seminary offers a Master of Arts (Biblical Archaeology) degree as well as opportunities to study further at the doctoral level. Students may pursue a minor in the field through the ThM and PhD with several seminars offered in the area.

The publication of the final report of the research at Sepphoris (Zippori) has recently been published, with a copy placed in the John T. Christian Library. The final report of Tel Gezer will be published soon. Annual reports for Tel Hadid are on file with the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The Moskau Institute arranges field training at Tel Hadid, providing students with an opportunity to participate in scholarly research, participate in an overseas study program, and visit the Lands of the Bible. The Institute will also develop and provide resources for students who are in Biblical Studies, Bible Backgrounds, and Archaeology programs at the seminary. Year-long programs of study with Tel Aviv University are also available to students.

Museum of the Bible and Archaeology

The Moskau Institute now holds the collection of artifacts that have been assembled over the decades in the Bible and Archaeology Museum located on the second floor of the Luter Student Center.

Contact Dr. Parker the MA in the Biblical Archaeology degree, research and study opportunities, or for more information about the Center for Archaeological Research by phone at 205.307.9831, by e-mail at, or via the website at .