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Step Into the World of the Bible

The American School of Oriental Research (ASOR) and the Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) announce an amazing educational opportunity! Step into the world of the Bible with interactive presentations by remarkable scholars on key Biblical archaeology topics. Each session will include participant input and will conclude with a panel discussion where controversies and theories can be examined in a more informal setting.

Dr. Andrea M. Berlin unveils new discoveries and explains how they are helping to reshape our ideas of the world of the Second Temple period. See dazzling new finds and learn how they allow us to understand daily life, changing social currents, and a turbulent political scene. Follow the fascinating story of a people, from a small group of repatriated returnees to quiet, comfortable lives in the shadow of empires to political independence. Immerse yourself in the historical sweep of this resonant era and the conflicts, challenges, and choices that people confronted.

Dr. Theodore J. Lewis discusses the various depictions of God in ancient Israel, exploring the question of how less really is more when picturing the divine. Learn about the rise of monotheism and the emergence of Yahweh as the Israelites’ only deity by studying the contrast between the family religion of El and the national religion of Yahweh. Explore the surprising discovery of dragons in the Hebrew Bible and learn what their role might be in its theology.

Dr. Andrew G. Vaughn challenges what most Biblical historians conclude about Hezekiah’s failure in his revolt against the Assyrian Sennacherib. Vaughn demonstrates that Hezekiah was actually somewhat successful in 701 BCE and that he was the only revolutionary leader from the Levant not to be killed by the Assyrian king. Examine the archaeological evidence with Dr. Vaughn and discover that Jerusalem and the sites to the north in the kingdom were not destroyed. You will see that Hezekiah had a humble yet substantial base upon which he could rebuild the kingdom.

Don’t miss this opportunity to spend three days in sunny Orlando taking part in this stimulating program!


If you are unable to fill out this registration form, please contact the Travel/Study department at 1-800-221-4644 ext.202

Program Price List

$495 full fee per applicant (payable by check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) is required with registration form.

Featured Speakers

Learn first-hand from top scholars about these fascinating topics:

Dr. Andrea M. BerlinBoston University

  • Behind the Return: The Real World of Ezra and Nehemiah
  • The Maccabees and After
  • Revolt! Why the Jews Took on Rome

Dr. Theodore J. LewisJohns Hopkins University

  • How Did Ancient Israelites Depict God? Divine Iconography in the Hebrew Bible and Archaeology
  • The Rise of Monotheism—Israel’s Worship of El and Yahweh
  • Dragons in the Bible?: Mythopoeic versus Mythopoetic Traditions

Dr. Andrew G. VaughnASOR

  • A New Look at the Success of Hezekiah Against Sennacherib

Daily Schedule

The daily program schedule will be updated as new information is available.
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About the Speakers

  • Andrea M. Berlin

Andrea M. Berlin is the James R. Wiseman Chair in Classical Archaeology at Boston University. She has been an archaeologist since 1973. She recently wrapped up seven seasons at Tel Kedesh, in Israel, co-directing the excavation of a 20,000 sq. ft. imperial administrative compound from the era of the Maccabees. Among her four books and over 40 articles is The First Jewish Revolt: Archaeology, History and Ideology. She is a prize-winning lecturer, and in 2009 she received a national award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

  • Theodore J. Lewis

Theodore J. Lewis, Blum-Iwry Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University, is a Semitist, a biblicist, and a historian of religion specializing in the religions of ancient Israel and Syria. He has written Cults of the Dead in Ancient Israel and Ugarit, co-authored a volume of ancient poetry and numerous articles. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his forthcoming Religion of Ancient Israel (Yale Anchor Bible). Lewis also serves as an academic trustee for the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.

  • Andrew Vaughn

Andrew G. Vaughn was appointed the Executive Director of ASOR in January 2007. He was previously chair of the religion department at Gustavus Adolphus College. In addition to publishing numerous scholarly and popular articles, he is author of Theology, History, and Archaeology of the Chronicler's Account of Hezekiah and co-editor of Jerusalem in Bible and Archaeology: The First Temple Period. He has excavated at sites throughout Israel and is currently involved in the publication of several sites.


Orlando, Florida


Enjoy three full seminar days at the Westin Imagine Orlando hotel, conveniently located mere minutes away from some of Orlando’s top attractions: Universal Studios, SeaWorld Adventure Parks, and the Walt Disney World theme parks.

While the hotel is not included in the seminar price, special discounted rates at the Westin Imagine are available for seminar attendees through Dec. 19, 2012.

The Westin Imagine Orlando, 9501 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819. The ASOR/BAS special rate is $119.00 plus tax per single/double room per night. It is available only for reservations made on or before December 19, 2012. For reservations please call 1-888-627-7815. Be sure to mention the ASOR/BAS event in order to receive your exclusive discounted hotel rate.

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About ASOR

Founded in 1900, the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) is the preeminent professional organization of archaeologists of Near Eastern history. Its members also include historians, non-specialists, and archaeological enthusiasts. See Please e-mail to receive a complimentary copy of the Friends of ASOR e-Newsletter.

About BAS

The Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) was founded in 1974 as a nonprofit, nondenominational, educational organization dedicated to the dissemination of information about archaeology in Bible lands. In addition to its award-winning web site, BAS publishes Biblical Archaeology Review, a popular bi-monthly magazine.

Terms and Conditions

PAYMENT: $100 deposit (payable by check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) must be sent with the completed registration form. Balance is due by December 10, 2012.

FEE INCLUDES: All lectures, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Friday dinner banquet and plenary session, Saturday lunch, and Continuing Education Units. Also included are complimentary self-parking and WiFi in the hotel lobby and guest rooms. In addition, ASOR is offering a free Contributing Membership ($125 value) for every participant that is not already an ASOR member.

FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE: Transportation to and from Orlando, Florida, accommodations, meals (except where stated), and items of a strictly personal nature, such as phone and liquor.

REFUND POLICY: If registration is cancelled up to 15 business days prior to the start of the program, you will receive the full refund less $45 per person for administrative costs. If less than 15 business days, there will be no refund. Cancellation requests must be made in writing.


For complete details on this exciting opportunity, please contact the Travel/Study Department at 1.800.221.4644 x 202.

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