20th Annual Bible and Archaeology Fest

Boston, Massachusetts


The Biblical Archaeology Society is delighted to host its 20th annual Bible and Archaeology Fest program in the beautiful, historic city of Boston, Massachusetts. Join us this fall as we convene with 22 leading scholars from around the world to hear their latest research into the field of Biblical archaeology and scholarship. This is our largest and most popular, once-a-year seminar series designed specifically for the interested lay person and caters to a wide variety of intellectual interests.

Concurrent sessions over two and a half days will cover topics from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the latest archaeological discoveries pertaining to the world of the Bible. We are thrilled to introduce Professor Jodi Magness as our Friday evening Plenary speaker, who will be presenting her lecture “Good God(s)! Modern India as a Window into Ancient Judaism and the Roman World.” Our Saturday evening banquet – one of our most looked-forward to events of the weekend – features a lively Q&A panel moderated by Hershel Shanks. This year we are proud to announce that our Q&A panelists are Dr. Amy-Jill Levine (Vanderbilt University) and Dr. Paula Fredriksen (Boston University). They will be discussing the soon-to-be published second edition of the Jewish Annotated New Testament, a seminal work co-edited by Professor Levine and to which Dr. Fredriksen contributed. This year’s discussion promises to be, as ever, fun and full of new information!

For 20 years, the Biblical Archaeology Society is proud to be the only organization bringing current Biblical research to the public straight from the scholars who are at the forefront of their fields.

This year's renowned speakers include*:
Click on Scholar Name to View Lecture Summary


If you are unable to fill out the electronic registration form, please contact the Travel/Study department at 1-800-221-4644 ext. 216.

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Seminar Price

$595 per person. Includes all lectures, breakfast, break refreshments and the Saturday night banquet. Does not include hotel accommodation, 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.


Accommodation Information:
Omni Parker House
60 School Street
Boston, MA 02108

Our group block at the Omni Parker House Hotel is now sold out. While rooms may be available, reservations must be made directly with the hotel at their quoted retail rate. An alternative group block is available at a rate of $139.00/night (+taxes and fees) at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport Hotel, which is accessible to the Omni Parker by public transportation. Please e-mail or call the Travel Study department for instructions on how to book our group rate at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport Hotel.

This grand luxury hotel has been symbolic to Boston’s rich history and culture since 1855. Old-World charm and elegance are accompanied by all the modern conveniences of a world-class establishment. Nestled in the heart of downtown Boston, Omni Parker House is located along the Freedom Trail and at the foot of Beacon Hill, Boston Common, Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Omni Parker House is just 2.3 miles from Logan International Airport (10 minutes).

Celebrating over 160 years of continuous service, this legendary hotel offers the perfect destination for leisure and business traveler alike. Experience the seamless blend of modern services and amenities as well as historic charm at America’s longest continuously-operating hotel. Over the years, the Omni Parker House has established a reputation for impeccable service and hospitality.

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

Bible and Archaeology Fest participants are entitled to a special rate of $139.00 per night plus tax, 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

Lecture Program

Click here for the speaker's schedule. Please note that this program is still being finalized and that the schedule is subject to change. Please continue to check back here for updates.

For purposes of arranging travel, program begins, Friday, Nov. 17 at 9:00am and concludes Sunday, Nov. 19 at 12:00pm.


Cancellation Policy

The Biblical Archaeology Society must adhere to the following cancellation policy for the Bible and Archaeology Fest program:

• Cancellation on or before September 4, 2017: Full refund
• Cancellation September 5 - November 4, 2017: Refund of payment less $100 administrative fee
• Cancellation on or after November 5, 2017: No refund


For more information contact:

Alicia Bregon
202-364-3300 ext 216
Biblical Archaeology Society
4710 41st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Fax: 202-364-2636