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This November, join us in one of America’s most exciting and historic cities for the 15th annual BAS Bible and Archaeology Fest. This year in Chicago, we are bringing together over 20 of the most prominent scholars in the field of Biblical studies and archaeology to present the most up-to-date research and discuss the most recent, exciting discoveries in the field. We can’t wait to share the most exciting developments in Biblical research with you. You’ll hear it here first, so please don’t miss it!


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

Seminar Price

Full program price includes all lectures, Saturday evening banquet, daily continental breakfasts and coffee breaks as well as continuing education units. Full payment is due upon registration.

Early Bird Registration - before or on October 16 $475
After October 16 $575
$100 deposit (payable by check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) required with registration form. Balance due October 16, 2012.

Featured Speakers

This year’s speakers include new, rising stars in the fields of Biblical archaeology and scholarship, as well as some of BAS’s most popular speakers. These experts will be coming together to present you with their exciting research and discoveries in Biblical scholarship and archaeology. You will have the opportunity to interact directly with the experts themselves and be among the very first to hear about their findings.

Our programs always feature top scholars both from North America and from around the world. Explore the unparalleled credentials of our distinguished scholars, and let their enthusiasm for the Bible and archaeology inspire you. Visit the Scholars page for detailed biographies of our lecturers from past programs, abstracts of their lecture topics, and articles and books they have published on the Bible and archaeology.

Rami Arav University of Nebraska, Omaha
James Charlesworth** Princeton Theological Seminary
April DeConick Rice University
Robert Deutsch Tel Aviv University
William Dever** Lycoming College
Bart Ehrman University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
J. Harold Ellens University of Michigan
Mark Fairchild University in New Testament Studies
Aaron Gale West Virginia University
Yosef Garfinkel The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mark Goodacre Duke University in North Carolina
Richard Hess Denver Seminary
James Hoffmeier Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL
Jodi Magness University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Beth Alpert Nakhai Arizona Center for Judaic Studies
Bezalel Porten Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dan Schowalter Carthage College
James Tabor University of North Carolina at Charlotte
David Ussishkin* University of Nebraska, Omaha
Mark Wilson Asia Minor Research Center
Ben Witherington, III Asbury Theological Seminary
Bruce Zuckerman University of Southern California

* Plenary Session Speaker
** Q&A Panelists

Please check back with us on this page as we will continue to update our list of speakers

Daily Schedule

The daily program schedule will be updated as new information is available.
Download Daily Schedule (PDF)

Speakers and lecture schedule are subject to change without notice.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - Magnificent Mile
300 E. Ohio Street
Chicago, Illinois
Hotel rate: $159.00/night
Click here to make your hotel reservation.

If you prefer to make your reservations by phone, please call 1-800-222-8733 and ask for the special “BAS Bible Fest 2012” rate.

Chicago Tourism Information

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Transportation Companies

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Past Participant Testimonials

Matching the quality of the teaching at our yearly Bible and Archaeology Fest seminars is the high level of interest on the part of our participants. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds with a wide range of knowledge and delight in the company of their fellow participants—people who share their love of the Bible and archaeology.


Bible & Archaeology Fest XIII question and answer session with Sidnie White Crawford, Hershel Shanks and Jodi Magness. Photo credits: George Makrauer.
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Bible & Archaeology Fest XIII attendees smile while listening to a lecture. Photo credits: George Makrauer.
James Charlesworth lecturing
James Charlesworth lectures at Bible & Archaeology Fest XIII. Photo credits: George Makrauer.

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 October 16, 2012.

FEE INCLUDES: All lectures, plenary session, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, banquet and Continuing Education Units.

FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE: Transportation to and from Chicago, Illinois, 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 five business days prior to the start of the program, you will receive the full refund less $75 per person for administrative costs. If less than five business days, there will be no refund. Cancellation requests must be in writing.


For complete details on this exciting opportunity, please contact the Travel/Study Department at 1.800.221.4644 x 216.

Biblical Archaeology Society Travel/Study Programs
4710 41st Street NW
Washington, DC 20016-1700
Toll free: 1-800-221-4644 ext.216
Fax: 1-202-364-2636