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Shiloh Dig Announcement: Suzanne Lattimer Named Assistant Director 7/31/2017 - by Henry B Smith Jr MA MAR

Dr. Scott Stripling, Director of the Associates for Biblical Research’s Shiloh Excavations, recently announced the appointment of Mrs. Suzanne Lattimer as Assistant Director of the Shiloh Excavations.

Thank you so much for your support, dear friends! 7/21/2017 - by Scott Lanser MA

The ABR board and staff thanks the entire ABR family for your many donations that met our financial needs for the 2017-18 fiscal year!

Crossing the Finish Line with ABR 5/13/2017 - by Scott Lanser MA

In just six weeks ABR will be wrapping up the 2017 fiscal year with mixed emotions...

From Adam to Abraham: An Update on the Genesis 5 and 11 Research Project 4/26/2017 - by Henry B Smith Jr MA MAR

The goal of this article is to update the ABR community of supporters and other interested readers on the present state of the Genesis 5 and 11 Research Project. The project officially began in 2016 (with its unofficial roots extending back to 2010). The research has produced substantial fruit, and as a result, ABR is pleased to announce plans to publish our first book, tentatively titled, "From Adam to Abraham: The Case for the Septuagint’s Chronology in Genesis 5 and 11." This update will survey the goals of the project, describe new developments and the present direction of our research, answer some questions we have received about Genesis 5 and 11 from supporters, and briefly outline plans for publication(s).

Please Support ABR's Annual Friends Banquet! 3/21/2017 - by Scott Lanser MA

The 2017 Associates for Biblical Research Friends Banquet is just around the corner, on Monday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m...

Biblical Archaeology Meets the Hatfields and McCoys 2/9/2017 - by Scott Stripling DMin

Five years ago I came up with the idea of a traveling museum exhibit on the excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir. I saw it as a great way to educate the public about our excavation, recruit volunteers, and buttress the reliability of the biblical text.

Shepherd, Potter, Spy—and the Star Namer 1/30/2017 - by Peggy Consolver

Peggy Miracle Consolver, an ABR supporter and dig volunteer, has published a book and study guide partially inspired by ABR’s research and her participation in the ABR excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir, Israel. Read about her experiences, her book, and why she is returning to Israel to dig with ABR at Shiloh!

Please Help Support the Ministry of Dr. Bryant Wood 1/17/2017 - by Scott Stripling DMin

The Board of Directors of the Associates for Biblical Research is especially proud of the job Dr. Bryant Wood has done over the years in support of this work at Khirbet el-Maqatir...

The Grand Finale at Khirbet el-Maqatir 1/8/2017 - by Scott Stripling DMin

Happy New Year from Jerusalem! Upon our arrival in Israel, we organized our office and met with our volunteers for orientation...

A Look Back at the 2016 Near East Archaeological Society Annual Meeting 11/28/2016 - by Don McNeeley

San Antonio, Texas, the city of the Alamo, was the location of the 2016 Near East Archaeological Society (NEAS) annual meeting...

October 2016 Ministry Update and Appeal Letter 10/18/2016 - by Scott Lanser MA

Here are some highlights of ABR’s ministry, including some of the important ministry developments and opportunities that the Lord has set before us...

Khirbet el-Maqatir Spring 2016 Season: Touring Report June 12-June 17 6/24/2016 - by Don McNeeley

Whew!!! We finished the three weeks of excavations and even added an additional day. As was previously noted in our weekly reports, the dig season revealed many great features and artifacts that assist in understanding the society of the various occupational levels at Khirbet el-Maqatir. Everything from the walls revealed, the pottery re-constructed, the objects photographed, and even the color of the soil excavated provide clues to help reconstruct the biblical past. But, now it is time to branch out from Maqatir and get that bigger picture of the Bible that only comes from visiting the places we read about in Scripture. But where to start?

Khirbet el-Maqatir Spring 2016 Season: Week Three, June 6-June 12 6/20/2016 - by Brian N Peterson PhD

The third week of our final season ended in a fashion typical of final days at Maqatir over the past few years. Silos, underground networks of tunnels, mosaic floors, and coins from a variety of eras all came to light in the last few days of our dig season...

Khirbet el-Maqatir Spring 2016 Season: Week Two, May 30-June 5 6/14/2016 - by Suzanne Lattimer

The days have blended together this week. We added an extra dig day Sunday due to our rained out day last week. Everyone was a bit unsure what day it actually was, but this we do know: It’s now the weekend!...

Supporting the ministry of ABR 6/6/2016 - by Scott Lanser MA

I am writing today to thank you for praying for ABR and to bring you an update on this ministry...

Khirbet el-Maqatir Spring 2016 Season: Week One, May 22-29 6/6/2016 - by Bryant G. Wood PhD

The first week of our 2016 season was different than our normal first week—we had a rare weather event. For the first time in 14 seasons of excavating at KeM in May, we experienced heavy rain...

My Israel Diary, Winter 2016 1/21/2016 - by Scott Stripling DMin

Due to elevated political tensions in the West Bank, we decided to spend this winter processing our finds for publication, not excavating at ABR's dig at Khirbet el-Maqatir. Six brave pilgrims joined me for the expedition. Here is a summary of our very productive trip.

A Review of the 2015 Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting 12/12/2015 - by Don McNeeley

From November 17-19, 2015, over 2,800 evangelical scholars, academics, researchers, and other interested men and women came to Atlanta, GA to hear hundreds of great presentations on a variety of subjects. As an affiliated society of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), the Near East Archaeological Society (NEAS) holds its annual meeting during the ETS annual meeting. Many of the Associates for Biblical Research (ABR) scholars are also members of the NEAS; and again this year, their presence was meaningful and provided some great ideas based on their research.

Amazing Progress, and Important Needs: Remembering ABR at Year's End 11/28/2015 - by Scott Lanser MA

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son…”

I Have Seen It All!!! 8/30/2015 - by Scott Stripling DMin

A friend at church recently told me that he would like to go with me to Israel, but he and his wife had been there in 2010, and thanks to a great tour guide, had seen everything. I chuckled to his face, but laughed hysterically once I reached the social safety of my Toyota Yaris. Long ago I lost count of how many times I have been in Israel and Jordan, yet on each new trip I manage to see many new sites.

Finishing well: A thank-you to all our ABR donors 8/4/2015 - by Scott Lanser MA

It is with a grateful heart that I write to you today to inform you that the $30,000 shortfall that ABR was facing at the close of our fiscal year has been met. Many thanks to all of you who provided donations, large and small, so that ABR could finish the year with all of its obligations met and its ministries fully funded.

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