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Biblical Archaeology

Program Overview

Program Overview

If you have a curious mind and wonder about the connection between archaeological findings and the Bible, then a minor in Biblical Archeology is something to pursue. In this exciting program, you will be introduced to the major finds of biblical archaeology, as well as how archaeology is conducted with the latest methods and practices. You will also learn how to reveal the context of the Bible and discover how the people of the biblical world lived through an examination of their material culture, as well as related ancient artifacts and texts. 

Lipscomb’s Biblical Archaeology minor degree is designed for you to tap into the beginnings of professional experience and develop core archaeological skills in a spiritual context. The very foundation of this program is documenting the value of the field of archaeology in the contexts of biblical studies and ancient history. As such, our courses introduce how archaeologists think and analyze material culture to contextualize the Bible.

This program is open to all current students. Whether you simply have an interest in acquiring knowledge or work in a humanities-based discipline, this archaeology degree will provide an excellent starting point. Upon completion of the minor, we hope you will consider pursuing an advanced degree in archaeology or a cognate field to further grow your experience.

Biblical Archaeology Program Outcomes

Students will recognize the value of archaeology and the historical nature of the Bible and Christian faith while acquiring critical thinking and writing skills in particular using original data and primary sources. A Biblical Archaeology minor can be necessary expertise in the following works: 

  • Museums
  • Tourism 
  • Churches 
  • Christian Schools 
  • Government Consulting




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Why earn your Archaeology Minor at Lipscomb University?

Cross-Cultural Learning

With excavation sites in Israel, Egypt, Cyprus, and Kazakhstan, you will be able to travel globally, learning in the field while discovering more about the cultures.

Hands-on Experience

Not only will you engage in excavations sites, but you will also have access to ancient artifacts through the Lanier Center for Archaeology. Over 200 items are cared for on campus.

Tangible Roots to Christianity

With a better understanding of biblical context and archaeological skills, you will be able to physically recognize and interact with proofs of the Christian faith.


Renowned graduate opportunities

Our Faculty

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    Thomas Davis

    Professor and Associate Director

    Dr. Tom Davis has forty years of experience as an archaeologist, working extensively in Cyprus, the Near East, Egypt, Central Asia, and the United States. He started his archaeological career...

    Meet Thomas Davis
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    Mark Janzen

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Mark Janzen is Associate Professor of Archaeology and Ancient History at Lipscomb University. He received his PhD from the University of Memphis (ancient history). His primary research interests are...

    Meet Mark Janzen
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    Steven Ortiz

    Director, Lanier Center for Archaeology

    Dr. Steven Ortiz is the Director of the newly established Lanier Center for Archaeology at Lipscomb University where he is also a professor of archaeology and biblical studies. He was...

    Meet Steven Ortiz

Career Paths

Archaeology Academia

Expertise in archaeology reaches a variety of jobs in academia from curators to researchers or heritage consultants.

Private School Teacher (Christian)

Teachers instruct students in a wide selection of subjects. In a Christian context, especially, a biblical archaeology minor will provide insights into research and evidences.

Government or Private Sector Archaeologist

Archaeology in the government or private sector involves positions like historic preservation, conservation and other key jobs.