Abila Lecture

Lectures on Biblical Archaeology

The Abila Lecture in Biblical Archaeology is a bi-annual lecture series that promotes understanding of the archaeology and history of the Biblical world to audiences at John Brown University and in Northwest Arkansas. Each year the Abila Lecture will bring in two scholars to speak on the history and archaeology of the Biblical world. Abila Lectures held in the Fall will typically focus on the Old Testament and lectures in the Spring on the New Testament. Funding for the lecture series has been provided by generous donors to John Brown University’s Abila Archaeological Project which excavates at Abila of the Decapolis in Northern Jordan.  All lectures are free and open to the public.  We hope you will join us.

Upcoming Lecture

 “Saint Paul on Cyprus:  Archaeology and the Transformation of an Apostle.”

Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00pm in the Cathedral of the Ozarks

Dr. Tom Davis is Professor of Archaeology and Biblical Backgrounds at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.  In 1987 he completed a PhD in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology at the University of Arizona under the direction of William Dever.  Dr. Davis has more than three decades of field experience in Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, and the United States and has also served as Director of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) in Nicosia, Cyprus, one of the premier archaeological research centers in the Eastern Mediterranean.  A specialist in the New Testament world of Paul, Dr. Davis currently directs the excavations at the early Christian site of Kourion (Cyprus). His publications include volumes on Cyprus, Eurasian history, and the history of Biblical archaeology as well as many articles on the history and archaeology of the Biblical world. He and his wife Jenny are members of Church of Christ the King (SBC) in Fort Worth. 

Past Lectures

Fall 2018 - Dr. John H. Walton – Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

"Lost World of the Israelite Conquest"  Video

Fall 2017 - Dr. Daniel Master, Wheaton College

"Ashkelon and the Philistines" Video unavailable

Spring 2017 - Dr. David Vila, John Brown University

"Excavating Abila of the Decapolis:  The First Thirty-Six Years"  Video 

Fall 2016 - Dr. Tremper Longman III,  Westmont College

"If Jericho Was Not Razed, Is Our Faith in Vain?:  Why History Matters" Video

Spring 2016 - Dr. Robert Smith, Mid-Atlantic Christian University

"Looking for Joseph of Arimathea's Tomb:  Archaeology and the Burial of Jesus" Video

Fall 2015 - Dr. Steven Ortiz, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Tel Gezer: Gateway to Jerusalem - Recent Excavations at King Solomon's Fortified City" Video

Spring 2015 - Dr. David Chapman, Covenant Theological Seminary

"Crucifixion in the Roman World:  a Historical and Archaeological Survey" Video

Fall 2009 – Dr. Anson Rainey, Tel Aviv University

“Whence Came the Israelites and Their Language”