18th Annual Bible and Archaeology Fest

Atlanta, Georgia

| featuring Eric Cline as the plenary speaker


Join us this fall in Atlanta to convene with 20 leading scholars from around the world to hear their latest research about archaeology and the Bible. This is our largest and very popular, once-a-year seminar series designed specifically for the interested lay person.

Concurrent sessions over two and a half days will cover topics from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the latest archaeological discoveries.

For 18 years, the Biblical Archaeology Society is proud to be the only organization bringing current Biblical research to the general public straight from the scholars who are at the forefront of their fields.

This year's renowned speakers include:

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Our robust program also includes a plenary session featuring an eminent scholar Dr. Eric Cline of George Washington University,who will present his lecture titled "Wine, Feasting, and Frescoes: the Ongoing Excavation of a Canaanite Palace at Tel Kabri, Israel." The final evening banquet will feature our ever-popular question-and-answer session with two popular scholars: Dr. Mary Joan Leith of Stonehill College and Dr. Ziony Zevit of American Jewish University. The Q & A will be moderated by Hershel Shanks, founder of the Biblical Archaeology Society and editor of Biblical Archaeology Review.

Continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks are also included in the program fee.


Click here for the speaker's schedule.


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Seminar Price

$595.00 per person. Includes all lectures, breakfast, break refreshments and Saturday night. Does not include dinners (except that on Saturday evening), lunches, and items of a strictly personal nature such as alcohol, spa services, etc. Please contact the Travel/Study department for information regarding group discounts for 6 or more people.

Hotel is not included in program price and must be booked separately.


Invitation to ASOR's Cultural Heritage Initiatives Symposium

The American Schools of Oriental Research would like to invite all Bible and Archaeology Fest attendees to their Cultural Heritage Initiatives Symposium on Sunday, November 22 in Atlanta. Registration is free. For more details please click here.




Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead
3300 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
Tel: +1 404 237 1234

The Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead is conveniently located in the heart of Atlanta's upscale Buckhead neighborhood, and was recently named one of USA Today's 10 Best Atlanta hotels for 2015. Here you will experience the legendary Southern hospitality in spacious, renovated guestrooms that include irresistible Hyatt Grand Beds, free guestroom WiFi, and sleek flat screen HDTVs with Roomlinx interactive. You will also be able to enjoy views of its Japanese Zen Garden at the Onyx at the Grand restaurant and savor renowned Southern cuisine at the Cassis restaurant.

The Grand Hyatt Atlanta is surrounded by popular area attractions, such as the World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, High Museum of Art, Legoland Discovery Center and Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Many of these attractions are easily accessible using the convenient MARTA transportation system. The hotel is walking distance to luxury shopping at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, as well as the new Buckhead Atlanta shopping and entertainment center.

For more information on the hotel property, please visit their website at:

Bible and Archaeology Fest participants are entitled to a special rate of $149.00 per night, double or single occupancy. Instructions for securing this rate will be provided upon the completion of your Bible and Archaeology Fest registration. For more information, please contact the Travel/Study Department at 202.364.3300 ext. 216

For the floor plan of the Grand Hyatt Atlanta, please click here.

Plenary Lecture Program

Eric Cline - Plenary Speaker

Wine, Feasting, and Frescoes: the Ongoing Excavation of a Canaanite Palace at Tel Kabri, Israel
Excavations and survey from 2005-2015 at the site and environs of Tel Kabri, located in the western Galilee of modern Israel, have shown that the Middle Bronze Age Canaanite palace there is at least three times as large as previously thought, with much still remaining to be excavated. The palace is painted with what may be the earliest-known western art in the Eastern Mediterranean, for it is the earliest of the four known sites in Egypt and the Near East (Alalakh, Qatna, Daba, and Kabri) that have palaces decorated with frescoes painted in an Aegean manner, probably by Cycladic or Minoan artists. Highlights of the 2009-2013 seasons include the discovery of nearly 100 additional fragments of plaster, 60 of which are painted, from both a previously-unknown Aegean-style wall fresco with figural representations and a second Aegean-style painted floor; a monumental building, perhaps used for dining or feasting, with in situ orthostats; and a palatial storeroom filled with nearly 40 complete but smashed storage jars which all originally contained wine. The audience at the Bible Fest will be the first to hear of the new discoveries made during the upcoming 2015 field season.


For more information contact:

Biblical Archaeology Society Travel Study Programs
4710 41st Street NW
Washington, DC 20016-1705
Toll free: 1-800-221-4644 ext.216
Fax: 1-202-364-2636