St. Olaf College 2015

Northfield, Minnesota

| with Phyllis Trible, Union Theological Seminary, and James Tabor, University of North Carolina, Charlotte


The BAS Summer Vacation Seminar at St. Olaf is back by popular demand! This year, the tranquil campus of St. Olaf College will welcome two exciting scholars giving 20 dynamic lectures to our enthusiastic participants. Dr. Phyllis Trible of Union Theological Seminary and Dr. James Tabor of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, will present what promises to be one of our most unique programs yet.

Join us as we host this enlightening seminar in the beautiful and restorative setting of St. Olaf College. This campus boasts award-winning architecture nestled in a 350-acre woodland. Just 35 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul, St. Olaf is set on a hilltop overlooking historic Northfield, Minnesota, a charming, two-college town with a welcoming community.

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Seminar Price

Deposit (Required at time of registration): $500
Full payment (based on double occupancy): $1,500
Single Supplement (payment per person): $200
Lecture Only (based on double occupancy): $1,100

NOTE: A $500 deposit fee is required at the time of registration

Cost: The cost for lectures, room and board, banquet is $1500.00 per person, based on double occupancy. A limited number of singles are available on a first-come, first-served basis for an additional charge of $200.00. BAS will assign roommates as needed if possible.

"Lectures-Only" cost is $1100.00 and does not include meals or final night banquet.

St. Olaf Summer Seminar fee includes: Entrance to all lectures and discussion groups planned and staffed by BAS; accommodations for six nights in a college dormitory for participants staying on campus; all meals in college cafeteria for participants staying at the college; special final night banquet, vacation seminar folder containing course outlines, bibliographies and schedule.

Not Included: Transportation to and from St. Olaf College, laundry and other items of a purely personal nature. The program begins with registration on Sunday, July 19 in the evening and ends after breakfast on Saturday, July 25.

To ensure your comfort, the Biblical Archaeology Society will have a full-time resident coordinator at St. Olaf College to care for group and individual needs. The staff at BAS hopes that you will accept our invitation to join us this year.

The Biblical Archaeology Society is a temporary rental client of St. Olaf College facilities. The seminar is sponsored and controlled by BAS and has no affiliation with St. Olaf College.

Register today to attend this year’s BAS week-long Summer Seminar at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Located in southeastern Minnesota’s naturally scenic agricultural region, St. Olaf’s campus offers you a tranquil setting in which to engage with the exciting world of Biblical research and archaeology.


St. Olaf College

The 350-acre wooded campus is located in Northfield, Minnesota, just 35 miles south of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Northfield offers the best of two worlds: The quiet charm of a rural community and the convenience and excitement of the nearby Twin Cities. A thriving and innovative community, Northfield is known for its historic downtown district along the scenic Cannon River. Accommodations at the college are comfortable, dormitory-style, air-conditioned rooms with two beds per room in Ytterboe Hall. Participants are also welcome to use other campus facilities. For downloadable maps of the campus as well as driving directions, please go to

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from St. Olaf College. Transfer services can be booked directly at


Accommodation will be in Ytterboe Hall, a dormitory with double rooms featuring two twin-sized beds and a limited number of single rooms, all with private sinks but otherwise shared restroom facilities (separate for men and women). Every room is air-conditioned and guests are provided with bed and bath linens. Meals will be held in Stav Hall Cafeteria, which is located on the third floor of Buntrock Commons. It offers students and guests all-you-can-eat dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Stations throughout the cafeteria offer a wide variety of food, from chef-carved meats with home-style casseroles to creative vegan entrees to pan-Asian cuisine. Stav Hall also features two soups made in house daily, an extensive fruit and salad bar, and a selection of outstanding desserts. Lectures will be held in Dittman 305, located on the third floor of Dittman Center. Please click here for a downloadable campus map. All buildings are within easy walking distance of each other and equipped with elevators.

Optional On-Your-Own Field Trips

Thursday on the Square

On some Thursday evenings in the summer, you will find many folks gathered at Northfield’s Bridge Square, the heart of the city, for concerts and variety shows. Most stores stay open later, so you can shop in a comfortable, unhurried atmosphere.

The Northfield Historical Society Museum

408 Division Street
Mon.–Sat., 10-5; Sun., 1-4

This historical museum is home to Northfield's famous 1876 Jesse James bank raid site. The museum is unchanged and appears as it did that fateful September 9 when the James-Younger Gang attempted to rob it. In the museum’s Ted Scott Room, there are rotating exhibits on Northfield’s history, the surrounding area and the state. The museum store maintains an old-fashioned dry goods store atmosphere and offers souvenirs and books of local and regional interest. For more information, visit the Northfield Historical Society's Web site:

The Outlaw Trail Tour

Retrace the route the James-Younger Gang took as they rode through the Northfield area in 1876. The Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau provides a self-guided tour brochure, available upon request from the Northfield Chamber of Commerce. Through the Chamber you can also reserve tour guide service for large groups. Just call them toll free: 1-800-658-2548 or visit their Web site at

Lecture Program

Phyllis Trible's Lectures

Treks through the Tanakh with Biblical Characters
The ten lectures will explore literary, theological, and feminist perspectives on Biblical narratives with particular attention to select characters. The characters, by lecture, include the following:

  1. God the Creator
  2. Eve
  3. Adam
  4. Hagar, Sarah, and Abraham
  5. Ishmael and Isaac
  6. Jacob
  7. Miriam
  8. Elijah and Jezebel
  9. Jonah
  10. God Wrathful and Merciful

James Tabor's Lectures

Trajectories through Earliest Christianity
In his lecture program, Professor Tabor examines some of the most intriguing enigmas, mysteries, and controversies in early Christianity

  1. Re-humanizing the Mythological/Theological Miriam, Mother of Jesus
  2. Miriam the Magdalene: Wife, mother, Consort, or Literary Fiction?
  3. Identifying the Mysterious Disciple Whom Jesus Loved
  4. A Thoroughly Apocalyptic Jesus - Was Schweitzer Right?
  5. John the Baptizer—An Alternative Messiah in the Time of Jesus?
  6. Why the “End of the Age” Should Have Come in 70 CE
  7. Did the Apostle Paul Repudiate Judaism?
  8. The Q Source Hypothesis after 100 Years - What Can We Definitely Say?
  9. Understanding the Earliest View of the Resurrection of Jesus
  10. What Kind of a Jew was Jesus?


For more information contact:

Biblical Archaeology Society Travel/Study
4710 41st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 800-221-4644 x216 • Fax: 202-364-2636