Batchelder Conference for Biblical Archaeology
Bringing scholars from around the world together to deepen understanding of ancient history.
Every year scholars and guests come to the University of Nebraska for the Batchelder Biblical Archaeology Conference to present their research and findings in the field. Lectures have topics that range from Archaeology to History, Geology, Anthropology, and more. The conference brings together faculty, staff, students and the community at large as we deepen our understanding of ancient history together.
View the 2015 Batchelder Conference at a Glance.
The conference is named in honor of Anne Batchelder. Mr. and Mrs. Batchelder gave an endowment for the conference after visiting Bethsaida in Israel to ensure that the conference would be supported annually.
2015 Keynote Speakers
Thursday, November 12th, 7:30 pm
Lawrence H. Schiffman
Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, Director of Global Network for Advance Research in Jewish Studies, New York University
"Archaeology and Text: Khirbet Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls."
Friday, November 13th, 7:30 pm
James D. Tabor
Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
"How an Enochian Vision of the Cosmos Took Over the World: Ascent to Heaven, Astral Immortality, and the World to Come in Emerging Judaism and Early Christianity."
More presentations from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday and Saturday, November 13 to 14.
All sessions open to the public. $10 entrance, STUDENTS FREE.
About Bethsaida Excavations Project
The Consortium of the Bethsaida Excavations Project was formed in 1991 and has been housed at UNO since its inception. Bethsaida is the longest running excavation site in Israel. Its mission is to excavate the ancient city of Bethsaida, research the data discernible from the remains and disseminate the conclusions to both academic and popular audiences.