MBibArch

MBibArch Master of Biblical Archeology: MBibArch is Bible-related diploma course where one learns the basics of Bible and Archeology, with an apologetic perspective.
Admission Requirements A 3-year bachelors degree in any subject, but preferably in theology.
However, if you are 21 or older but you do not have the required schooling, you can still apply and we will give you additional course material to take care of the academic deficiency. There will be no fees for this additional training.
Time Available You have 2 years to complete the course at an accelerated pace. In case you fail to complete the course in 2 years, you can renew for up to three years on payment of an annual renewal fees.
Syllabus All the textbooks and reading-materials listed below are given via free downloads. You do not have to buy anything. Each numbered textbook shown below is a “Course Module” worth 1 to 3 credit hours.
Essential Apologetics Essential Apologetics is a set of course modules which every student of Trinity needs to study once. This means that whatever the diploma which you join, you need to study this first and then take other courses. Essential Apologetics is listed at the beginning of every diploma program to indicate that no student is exempt from studying them. You need to study them only once, even if you join multiple diploma programs.

Course Modules:

  • M01A1 Introduction
  • M02A1 Presuppositions
  • M03A1 History
  • M04A1 Canon
  • M05A1 Revelation
  • Readings (3 Documents)

 

  • M10A1 Intro to Tools
  • M10A2 Preparation
  • M10P1 What is Proof
  • M11A1 Errors of Interp
  • M12A1 Bible Difficulties
  • M13A1 Science Difficulties
  • M14A1 Propaganda Analysis
  • M15A1 Manipulation Analysis
  • M16A1 Manipulation Resisting
  • M17A1 Logic & Errors
  • M18A1 Debating Techniques
  • M19A1 Resisting Debate
  • M20A1 Leading Questions
  • M20U1 Using Apologetics
Introduction To Archeology,  Biblical Archeology, Methods of Archeology

Course Modules:

  • MAR001 Introduction To Arch
  • MAR002 Archeological Analysis
  • MAR005 Archeological Dating
  • MAR009 Archeological Forgeries
  • MAR010 Biblical Archeology
  • MAR011 Bible And Archeology I
  • MAR012 Bible And Archeology 2
  • MAR013 Important Archeologists
  • MAR014 Arch. And Apologetics
  • MAR015 Buried Archeology
  • Introductory Readings (8 Books)
Archeology And Inscriptions

Course Modules:

  • MAR20 Intro to Inscriptions
  • MAR21 Mesopotamian Inscriptions
  • MAR22 Egyptian Inscriptions
  • MAR23 Sinaitic Inscriptions
  • MAR24 Miscellaneous Inscriptions
Biblical Archeology  & Major Discoveries

Course Modules:

  • MAR025 Qumran I
  • MAR25B Qumran 2
  • MAR026 Miscellaneous
  • MAR027 Ebla Tablets
  • Bib Arch Readings (2 Books)
Bible-related Nations And People in Archeology

Course Modules:

  • MAR031 Egypt
  • MAR032 Hittites
  • MAR033  Mesopotamia
  • MAR034 Philistine
  • MAR035 Ugarit
  • MAR036 People Groups
Archeological Discoveries Of Biblical Backgrounds

Course Modules:

  • MAR041 Biblical Cities
  • MAR042 Biblical Times and Life
  • MAR043 Music In Bible Times
  • MAR044  Biblical Backgrounds  (Detailed)
  • MAR045 Health and Hygiene (Biblical Societies)
  • MAR046 The Flood Stories
Bible, Archeology and   History

Course Modules:

  • MAR061 Bible And History
  • MAR062 Biblical Chron Intro
  • MAR62B Biblical Chron Adv
  • MAR62C Biblical Chron Adv
  • MAR063 History of Israel
  • MAR065 History of Bible
Old Testament, Archeology, and History

Course Modules:

  • MAR71 Genesis And Near East
  • MAR72 Israel, Egypt and Archeology
  • MAR73 Israel and Nations
  • MAR74 David And Solomon
  • MAR75 Hittite Problem
  • MAR76 OT And Discoveries
  • MAR77 Content Of Old Testament
New Testament, Archeology, and History

Course Modules:

  • MAR81 NT Related Discoveries
  • MAR82 Jesus Through Archeology
Essential Doctrines

Course Modules:

  • MAR91 Foundations of Faith
  • MAR92 Inerrancy of Bible
  • MAR93 Infallibility of Bible
  • MAR94 Authority Of Bible
Essential Material

Modules:

  • Archeology Readings (10 Documents, included)
  • References (8 Documents included for your reference and personal enrichment, but not for assignments)
Practical Work The student will have to develop and submit two courses of 6 to 10 lessons, similar to what can be seen at Apologetics Courses or Free Courses. They should choose the subject soon after joining Trinity.
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

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  1. Robert says:

    i am intrested in Archeology! help me to join

  2. Megali Ibrahim Megali Hanna says:

    i am interrested in biblical archeology, i will be glad if u give me the chance.

  3. i am interrested in studying bible acheology, i will be glad if u give me the chance to join, thank u in advance

  4. Anicet BASSILUA says:

    i am very interested in studying bible archeology. Give me the chance to join. Thank u.

  5. Albora Turgut Güngör says:

    Studying bible archeology will be perfect for me.

  6. Ghanaians should please contact REV. PETER WHITE for any information on how to enrol at TRINITY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF APOLOGETICS AND THEOLOGY. I will be happy to share with you whatever information you may need about trinity. You are welcome

    REV. PETER WHITE
    TRINITY SCHOOL AMBASSADOR – GHANA
    TEL:00233-244-420588
    Email: pastor_white@hotmail.com

  7. Jill Cubio says:

    Wow what a blessing it would be to study Bibical Archeology. Im thrilled!

  8. Cory Conard says:

    I am very interested in biblical archeology, please send additional info.

  9. I have always been interested in Biblical Archeology along with apologetics. I would be very appreciative if you could guide me in the right direction of aquiring a structured course. I always find myself reading and digging for more of what God has out there to be discovered! If you could help me obtain this I would be forever greatful.

  10. Ulyssis S. Acquilla says:

    I’m a Filipino, and i’m really interested in studying Biblical Archeology… i’m studying in a Bible College here and hoping to proceed to Biblical Archeology after i graduate… anyone might want to help. i would be forever grateful.

  11. Dennis Bailey says:

    I am a current student of this program. I completed studies at the PH.D level in Theology here as well. The course work is very relevant, facinating, wonderfully enriching and a magnificent complement to any student of Old Testament and New Testament studies. There is considerable reading and writing involved, but this also enriches one as your writing, thinking and analytical skills will improve. Also, why not look at the free writing course offered here. It is a wonderful way to get started, and any student of Biblical studies should learn to write well as this is an asset to what ever profession you work at. But, what can be more rewarding than writing about the Bible?
    Highly recommended to study Biblical Archaeology, and Theology at this school.

  12. Rev. Warren Muller says:

    I am interested in studying the MBibArch. Can you give me more information on how to register. Blessings.

  13. Thomas Jennings says:

    I would be inteested in studying this programme.
    Please forward details.
    Regards
    Thomas Jennings

  14. Jason D Knight says:

    I am interested in biblical Archeology, i have been studying biblical history from since i was 16 years old i would like to at least have a degree proving my knowlege, i am now 32 with a BS in Proffessional studies, and 5 classes from an MBA in Information management.

  15. A.joshua says:

    Praise the Lord. i am interested to study MB archeology i finished my M.Div i like to know who how to register and how i will get the certificate.

  16. David Favager says:

    Having just completed the ThD I have recently started the MBArch course and am really finding it very interesting. The prescribed reading includes articles from high quality sources by well known academics and the scope of the material is wide ranging. Very highly recommended.

  17. Kimeze Dickson says:

    I would like to join this program. Please help me to the same. I have done alot of correspondence learning which will help me greatly.I am a Ugandan and currently reside in Uganda.
    Thank you,
    Kimeze Dickson

  18. Emmanuel Elisha says:

    I’m Still running the B.Th Degree program.. Please i want to know when likely will i finish the program.. thanks and God bless

  19. Emmanuel Elisha says:

    Am happy I’m part of this

  20. Emmanuel Elisha says:

    In my country Nigeria…. student go for National Youth Service (NYSC) after completing a degree program in their various schools… I want know, with Bachelors Degree in Theology can i also go for the youth service in Nigeria?

  21. Xendr Solvent says:

    I am in the UK, is there any form that I can contact you so that I could begin the batchellor is Theology?? My email address is xendr@windowslive.com

  22. Susan Tikalsky says:

    I would like to pursue and advanced degree to help with my writings in the New Evangelism mission of Catholicism leadership and Evangelical faith. Please help me with MBArch or PhD Theology to help me gain knowledge for the books I plan to write over the next few years, for children and adults. Thank you. Susan (8 books under contract, contracts with legal approval by my home parish).

  23. Susan C Tikalsky says:

    Dear Madam/Sir:

    I would ask you to prepare me for my second degree from Trinity MBibArch soon. Please advise me how to start, and, please send another copy of earlier diploma postgraduate Communications! I wait expectantly,
    Thank you,
    Susan

  24. Tory Utt says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to learn more about my faith. I have always been very interested in biblical archeology. Please consider me for this program.

  25. Ernest Musekiwa says:

    Studying the Bible is quite an amazing adventure. I have studied with TGSAT since 2010 for my MBS, MRE, DrApol and now MBibArch. What keeps me coming to TGSAT is the high quality of the course content, its commitment to the infallible, inspired an inerrant Bible and above all the depth that the courses provide. For Africans like me, tuition-free programs are miracles or answered prayers because we could not otherwise afford such studies. TGSAT has enhanced my preaching and teaching ministry. The Christian Journalism course has also helped me to be a better writer with over 2o publications. Thanks to the dedicated staff at TGSAT and its friends. Let’s keep upholding this great school in our prayers. Can’t wait to devour the Archaeology course.

    Blessings,

    Ernest Musekiwa, Th.D

  26. Dr Ley says:

    My dear friend, brother, and colleague, completing the studies for a Masters in Biblical Archaeology would be simply wonderful. For a long time I have realized that my area of specialization (Early Christian History) would well be enhanced by such a course of study. If you will permit then, I would like to begin studying soon. The prospect is truly exciting…

  27. Dr Ley says:

    As I begin the study in this program it immediately became evident how much emphasis has been placed on denominational doctrine. The materials restores the proper perspective on at least what we should all share about the church Christ founded. I am also in agreement that writing a course in this area can be tricky and finding a middle ground is even more unlikely. I applaud the author’s ability to treat such a precarious subject with respect and yet give it the attention it deserves. Indeed, it does matter what you believe, and the lines of distinction that have been drawn need to be erased and work done to truly unite the church. As we are cautioned by scripture, it should become visible that we have began to follow the doctrines of men – something Jesus repeately condemned and tried to open the eyes of the people to.

  28. Wesley Rose says:

    Within minutes of reading in “Introduction to Archeology” the tools and practices of the Apologist echoed in my mind. At the same time it occurred to me that critical thinking was going to be one of the best tools to use when reading some textbooks and materials. I sometimes forget that the secular view of human existence, of time periods, and especially of the age of the Earth is quite different that the view we possess. I considered the statements about compromising beliefs and the beginnings of doubt. From the perspective of the Christian apologist, much of the “scientific” aspect of Biblical Archeology is from the secular mindset and world-view. It should suffice to say that care must be taken when reading material of this nature and the understanding that a certain amount of such material is unavoidable. As long as we keep the right viewpoint and apply the proper perspective when studying mush can still be gleaned from our study. In other words we have to be at the top of our game.

  29. Wesley Rose says:

    I have discovered, quite by accident, that Biblical Archeology and Archeology of the Bible are different disciplines. Yes, they are similar and do share a lot of the same information. It is the perspective and intent of each that separates them. Archeology and the Bible does not always agree with the Biblical record, and sometimes even refutes it. I have to admit that I was shocked when I read some of the materials that purportedly refutes the Biblical Record. I suppose you could say that Archeology and the Bible is conducted by (primarily) non-Christian academic folks by looking at the Bible through the eye of the secular belief systems. Biblical Archeology is and was founded on the premises that the Bible is an authoritative historical source and even though some things don’t seem to match the biblical account, it is not interpreted as a biblical error or falsehood. Generally this view looks at the ancient civilizations with special interest to Biblical names, places, people, and events. It is not a formal intent to prove everything in the Bible is true, it is an investigation of all these things in an effort to learn more about the world that the Biblical world was immersed in. In other words, a Biblical world-view is at the heart of biblical Archeology. That, more than anything, is the defining characteristic. Lastly, I have also observed great differences in how events were recorded by the different empires and nations. I was already aware of the adage “the victors write the history” as they enjoy the “spoils of war”. However it is not always the entire truth of an vent that captures the archaeologists imagination, but the interaction and interplay with other empires. In particular, the interaction of the different nations with Israel and the multitude of cultural sharing and interaction during the New Testament period. The records of disinterested writers or empires that recorded some of the famous events, people, etc. are often, I’m discovering, are detailed and provide for understanding the reasoning behind the different versions of things. It is just amazing…

  30. Wesley Rose says:

    What about Frank Cross of Harvard, as we learn from Hershel Shanks, is the top Biblical Scholar for Biblical Archeology. I’m sure in many academic circles this assessment may be the consensus, however I have learned through past study and experience that the minds at Harvard are more academically inclined than Biblically. Indeed, at many points in the book, Cross demonstrates he does not believe the Bible is accurate. In some instances he states that the accounts in Genesis and Exodus are little more that fanciful stories that have been embellished and added to just like many of the folktales common throughout the world at that time. In other words, either they are myths or are half-truths that have been so exaggerated that the original incident (if it occurred) can no longer be recognized. Or stated even another way, the stories may have been based on true events, but the majority of the story – by the time it was written down, had grown exponentially. This is the type of “scholarship”, introduced in the middle of the 19th century along with Darwin’s theories, that began to systematically attack the inneracy of the Bible. Under the guise of textual criticism a whole new branch of Bible doubters was born and given validation within the academic community. To return to the subject matter in the book, it doesn’t take many examples, such as Cross’s version of what happened at Jericho – which basically says the Bible is wring about most of the story. This type of Biblical scholarship is worse that one who openly admits to being an atheist. Unfortunately Cross has probably led many astray and polluted the minds of countless young Christians. Cross is a prime example of the difference between Biblical Archeology as a discipline and Archeology and the Bible as an excuse to brow beat th scriptures, to cast doubt, and to explain away the miraculous events recorded in the Bible. It is my goal, my vision, my hope to be schooled in Biblical Archeology. I know that when used properly this tool opens the world of the Bible up into an even more amazing record than we have henceforth realized. It reminds me of a remark to Paul by someone who said that much learning had made him mad. In some cases much learning may indeed have taken people over the threshold of true understanding into the realm of intangible plausibilities and subjugation. I realize that reading this book is designed to make us aware of the different viewpoints we will encounter as we continue to study this area. It was once said that the true student of war and great tactician must know his enemy. That is no more true that in the disciplines of biblical Study. We must be aware of wolves in sheep clothing as those who insert delusion and cause many to go astray. The enemy within is often more devastating than the enemy outside the community of Bible believers. It is my great hope that should I begin to cross this line and venture into a trek of doubt where I begin to distort and challenge the Biblical record, that someone will help me get back on the right path before its too late.
    Academically, Cross is an accomplished man but if compared to say Albright, or Rawlings, or Robertson, he would indeed fall below the standard they established.

  31. Wesley Rose says:

    I just had to write and encourage anyone interested in Biblical History should consider pursuing this degree program. This program has already opened new worlds of study to me, even in areas I thought I had studied already. This program is both diverse and in-depth at he same time. I’m currently in the Introduction to Biblical Archeology modules and neck deep in searching for materials and sites to help visualize some of the text. So far I have found one site for an interactive dig site with several locations available. I was also invited to another interactive site by Exploring the Bible staff. I provide articles ad stuff to several organizations like American Institute of Archeology, Ancient History, and the American Journal of Archeology. This is all because of the immense amount of learning I have already received in this degree program and the standard of excellence required for course completion and effective understanding. It may seem a bit too rigid or even too heavy with reading, but it is not. Were it not for the detailed degree program offerings and requirements I’m sure a true knowledge, a rue academic understanding, of this amazing new branch of archeology would not be possible. I surveyed some courses years ago that were content to offer information that had not been updated since it was first published in the middle of the 19th Century. If nothing else I have decidedly learned that this endeavor and the available information is static. Much of it is bound to either change completely or become updated as new artifacts are discovered in the continuous efforts of archaeologists from every continent to find answers and decipher many of the mysteries of the past. I have become actively involved in six different sites associate with Biblical Archeology and strongly recommend others to find at least one that provides info on current digs and newly published academic materials. Granted some information will not change like the work of Professor Albright or Professor Wilson and numerous others. Those who provided foundational knowledge and made history making discoveries, and those who dedicated their lives to the search for answers, will be remembered and taught for decades to come. Indeed some things, some information, is standard and non-changing. But the great excitement, the great challenge, it discovery and the insight it gives us into the people, places, and events of the Bible. I found that if I seek such insight through diligent study that God will provide the necessary understanding and insight to see the Biblical world in ways I never did before. Oh, yes, this is one of the best academic choices I have made in over 30 years of study.

  32. Wesley Rose says:

    I’m still in the Biblical Archeology modules and they are forever adding new thought or insight into things I had never considered before. For example, like many archaeologists in the recent past, the study of children seemed to be much less important than the study of other findings. That was a mistake and current archaeological events have disclosed how much we can learn from the study of children remains. It’s also kind of comical that a teenager and amateur archaeologist discovered a 1500 year old wine press. It would seem that Israel and Jerusalem in particular, have many more artifacts waiting to be discovered. The lands of the Bible in general still contain secrets and explanations of historical people and events. Sometimes it feels like eating with a straw when you are starving. I can barely imagine the patience and sheer resolve needed to begin a dig and have the discipline to dig slowly and carefully day after day. Indeed from the rudimentary days of moving large quantities of earth and materials to today the archaeologist has transformed into a detective and one that realizes everything discovered, no matter how small, can help tell the whole story of a culture, people, or the life cycle of an empire. Even more it can give us hard proof and support for the historicity of scripture – especially its accuracy. Also, at times, one must wonder why some of these things have gone undiscovered for so long. The Levant, bible lands, are just overflowing with ruins and buried cities just waiting to be unearthed. But currently an appreciation for archaeological discovery and the ability to understand the past is fueling more interest and participation around the world. And, wow, it is just staggering how many universities and museums around the world have artifacts from all over the middle east and Israel and Egypt in particular. From one perspective the treasures removed from dig sites is almost like professional grave robbing. Also, I understand that finding the remains of people from long ago can provide a lot of information, but it also bothers me a but that the ventures are disturbing the graves of people long buried and mostly unknown to us today. There is a line, a boundary that should be respected, but as yet neither I myself or the world class archaeologists seem to know where the boundary begins and ends. I am glad to see that many artifacts are being shared with the world from both private collections and from museums and other institutions. I know that like all the endeavors of mankind it has its pluses and minuses. There has been some bad archeology and just like other investigative schools of thought, fakes ridiculous theories and just plainly wrong conclusions. However, on the other side, s much is being discovered that the field of archeology has developed several specialties or subdivisions. These somewhat follow the division of subdivision present in th other sciences and disciplines. It is just a little surprising that a field that was so small even 50 years ago has just exploded and gathered so much support and interest. There are several reasons for that such as the making of movies about the ancient past and those also about great archaeological adventures. But i think it is just an awareness of many things today that is driving a new era of discovery, scholarship, and explanation about the ancient world. I for one am looking forward to what tomorrow might bring or what may be discovered. It is, to many, the things which dreams are made of.

  33. Wesley Rose says:

    This is a little off topic, but I had to share this. Who is the “enemy within”? I could hardly believe what I was reading…..

    Is this typical of universities today?

    The Hebrew Bible a course offered in Harvard College during Fall 2013 by Shaye J.D. Cohen

    http://courses.biblicalarchaeology.org/hebrewbible/timelines/biblePerSe.html

    On the other hand, modern biblical scholars (MBSs) have concluded that:
    all of the biblical narratives, especially the Torah, are ideologically motivated narratives;
    their “truth” is not their “facticity” but in the lesson they are trying to impart;
    none of them is a reliable chronicle of what actually happened;
    the earliest literary remains in the Bible are some free-standing poems (Exodus 15, Judges 5, Genesis 49);
    the earliest biblical books are those of the prophets of the eighth century BCE: Amos, Hosea, and First Isaiah; and
    the Torah (the Pentateuch), far from being the earliest book, is actually one of the latest.
    None of the biblical books is an organic unity; all of them, most importantly the Torah, are the product of a long process of edition, accretion, interpolation, and interpretation.
    The Bible’s early stories (the creation of the world, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the flood, the tower of Babel) are clearly mythic and not historical. At what point, then, do the biblical stories shift from mythic or pre-historical to historical?
    The stories about Abraham, Isaac, Jacob? Probably not.
    Joseph in Egypt, the enslavement of the Israelites, and the Exodus? Probably not (no reference to the Israelites).
    The stories of the Israelites in the wilderness (the manna, Golden calf, the spies, Korah and his rebellion)? Probably not.
    The figure of Moses? Probably not.
    The conquest of Canaan? Probably not.
    The period of the Judges? Probably not.
    The stories of the rise of King David? Maybe; there is much debate about this.
    The glorious reign of King Solomon? Maybe; there is much debate about this.
    The divided monarchy (the ninth century BCE)? We’re getting close …
    The eighth century BCE? YES, YES, for sure; various historical events involving Israelite and Judaean kings are mentioned in Assyrian and Egyptian records.

  34. Wesley Rose says:

    Taking time to ponder the information about Jericho and other lessons, it occurred to me that following the historical development of Biblical Archeology is much like reading a well written mystery novel. It contains twists and turns, false assumptions and blunders. It also highlights the main characters – sometimes in less that admirable details.
    This is exemplified in the early days of archeology when the crudest or most obtuse methods were utilized. And as the later years of the 19th century unfolded new and increased skepticism began to haunt the archaeologist, particularly the Bible Archaeologist. In numerous accounts the names of cities, people, and events recorded in the Bible came under severe scrutiny with the majority wanting to believe the Bible account was little more than a fantastic story – one without any basis in reality.
    One of the most contested was that of the dating of Jericho’s destruction. First it was doubted that Jericho even existed, then those like Kenyon mis-dated and misinterpreted the evidences revealed with limited excavations. This was a case of attempting to date a tel based on what was not there. Kenyon concluded that since a certain type of expensive pottery was not discovered during her excavations that the site did not align with the time-frame established in the Bible record.
    Of course further excavation and complete review of data from previous digs placed the destruction of Jericho squarely in the middle of the estimated era Israel was to have destroyed Jericho.
    What is my point? Well, as I stated early on, the unfolding events of archeology itself is a wonderful story of the errors common to humanity, the uncanny ability to adapt and develop sophisticated techniques, and the world acclaimed discoveries with numerous disappointments sharing the same periods. It is, then, a story that is common to many fields of study. The only exception is the imbalance of scrutiny and willful ignorance that assailed Biblical Archeology as it came of age as its own sub-discipline. However, to the apologist, this was nothing new. In fact it was a trend that dated all the way back to the first century church.
    Fortunately areas such as Iraq have yielded copious amounts of artifacts and evidences that align with the Bible accounts. And it through these discoveries that we truly learned of ancient cultures, some such as that of the Hittites, demonstrated that even after decades of doubt and disbelief, the Bible record becomes more and more important to the archaeologist. Yes, there is still debate and controversy, but the bottom line is that this exciting tale of investigation and exploration that captured the imagination of people and seeded writers and movie makers with fertile ideas is as human as the people doing the work and the secrets they discover of people who lived long ago. Indeed, it is truly exciting to read and discover facts and details that expound upon the Biblical world and provide greater and greater understanding of the Bible text itself.

  35. Wesley Rose says:

    What is interesting is the growing reliance on certain books of the Bible as guides or manuals for discovery. Indeed even critics within archeology have grudgingly began to admit that “some” of the Biblical record is accurate. Another way of saying this is to mention that many archeologists including Biblical archeologists (as well as Bible scholars) are returning to the scriptures for guidance. The Bible, it seems, is becoming a well respected and viable text for those seeking locations to explore and excavate. It is somewhat of an phenomena in the annals of the discipline. It is curious, maybe even ironic, that as those who are working in the field, at dig sites and exploring new areas of biblical lands, that the professors (meaning those who profess; in this case to be the experts on the Bible) know not what they believe and as blind guides are leading many astray. What a conundrum! It has, therefore, become more of an imperative for younger students to cling to their faith and glean knowledge from such professors that enhances and develops deeper faith and understanding. Some feel that teaching students to be critical of th scriptures, to doubt their veracity or inneracy, is a good way to develop a deeper faith. For the older and seasoned Christian, who is mature and well grounded in faith, this is a plausible hypothesis. If we take Paul’s advice about the Bereans to its ultimate level, one could then pursue scriptural meaning and find the deeper meaning that awaits. So, then, it is with a good foundation in scripture knowledge that the Biblical archaeologist wields his weapons and forges his tools of discovery. Indeed, it is with Christian patience and perseverance that the Biblical archaeologist endures criticism and scrutiny all the while expanding his horizons of biblical cultures, practices, and interaction.
    With this as a background of thought, we can then realize the value of rereading many of the Old Testament books, reading them with renewed confidence and discovering the details that are often overlooked. It is obvious to many, especially those who read to find specific answers or with a theme, that they overlook many important details. I have reread many books of the Bible and within each i have discovered treasures I never saw before. One could say that perspective is as important as faith itself sometimes – especially when the world of archeology is available to the believer and the non-believer. One must necessarily become a Biblical Archeological Apologist. Does that sound like too much to attain in one lifetime? For some maybe, but not for those who have been chosen for such and endeavor. For them it becomes the adventure of a lifetime and a lifetime adventure.

  36. Wesley Rose says:

    The more I study biblical archeology and the related areas it paints a all too vibrant picture of idolatry and how widespread and alarming its influence was. We read of it in several places in the Old Testament, such as the discussion about Israel making their children go through the fire, and of course the golden calf. It never really sunk in what the scriptures were revealing until I got to read about the subject from several perspectives. I often thought “yea, yea, idolatry, and then what”. But it was serious and is still serious today.

    Idolatry or false worship is a growing terror for the Christian today and shows no signs of getting any better. It is almost inconceivable that the Israelites could get off the path so easily. It makes one wonder if they ever understood that the One who brought them out of Egypt, that fed them, and provided for their safety and other needs, was the “real deal” and not the product of man’s imagination. Was it so important to be able to look at some physical object before faith or belief could be applied? Is it that they only wanted to believe in what they could see? Obviously not because they had seen the wondrous works of God and still fell back into Idolatry in almost the blink of an eye. But what made the worship of so many false gods and goddesses so appealing and pervasive? I believe that that is a simple matter of wishing to do everything their carnal natures prompted without feeling guilty. It was about just each person doing whatever they wanted and finding support for this through commonality and mutual support found within this dark shadow of sin.

    But then, it could also be that they believed that all of the gods were real and were even equal to God in some respects. Some believed, like the Philistines, in household gods, and basically gods that allowed them to be as vile as their imagination could produce. It could be that these gods were merely excuses to do anything they desired or objects of some perverted status among the other lot souls across the spectrum of carnal lifestyles. In other word they did this because they were allowed to have fun and indulge themselves as often and perversely as they wished. It also implies, to me, that they did not believe in a life after death or in the judgment that all will face. It suggests that even with the signs and miracles they experienced first hand that they still did not think God was any better that the thousands of false gods that permeated every culture. Or maybe, they just didn’t think at all…

  37. Wesley Rose says:

    Well the seasonal digs in Crete and Ireland that I was following have ended for this season. There is a tremendous amount of information to review and glean information that is important for my study. Copious amounts of artifacts and a great diversity have been discovered between the two sites. It is amazing in many ways and presents striking differences between the sites – as it should because of the primary differences and functions of the excavation. Although both are sites belonging to the intricate history of Christianity, they definitely reveal different aspects of archeological discovery. From this perspective it makes the comparison of them more of a contrast yet affords enough commonality to provide insight into major aspects of Biblical Archeology in general. In summary it was a rewarding and enlightening endeavor both academically and personally. I shall try to capture the details and insights provided by the exercise in research. The most difficult decision will be what information to include in the main paper and what should serve as an attachment of some type. Indeed I wish to share as much of the experience as needed to underline the project while also covering the history of the dig and the implications of the discoveries. There is a lot to try and relate, but obviously not every detail nor every jot is necessary to make the paper clear and aid in forming a conclusion based on the entire experience as it relates to the bible and the internal growth of Biblical Archeology. One thing I have learned through past academic work is not to rush the paper, but to write and evaluate the merit of pertinent areas as the paper develops. I also realized that it is also important to write a section and put it away for a few days. If the material covers the intended topic effectively after allowing a few days and reading with intent, then it is ok to move along to the next topic. This is by far the hardest part for me in that I tend to provide too much in the way of raw data and support materials. And like most scholars, I strive for perfection and absolutes within every section and subject. So, now anyway, it is time to make tough decisions before sending the first draft. I have to say that this is one of the most rewarding experiences both personally and academically in my 30 plus years of academic study. In so many ways it opened doors to discovery in the scriptures and allowed me to see new meaning in the details that only served to blur the message for me. Indeed many things became clear and much of the mystery disappeared = but the excitement of such realization cannot be taught nor captured in a classroom or any physical academic exercise. This degree program was designed for more that that and it did, without doubt, create the environment for both personal and professional growth. I can never fully express the many changes this educational experience instigated. I can only say thank you for such an amazing challenge and the growth this degree program produced in me.

  38. Wesley Rose says:

    Well everyone I finished my Thesis and even cut it down to a manageable document under 200 pages. I reread my thesis and examined the core purpose of the paper. I wrongfully thought that the paper had to include every detail of the background and archeological history of each site as well numerous pictures and illustrations of artifacts that can be easily accessed on the Internet. The site history including the notes can also be accessed on the Internet very easily. Indeed I was missing the point of the whole project. It took an accident to help me realize these things as well as contemplate the entire project and all the different possibilities an avenues. Anyway, aside from the mountain of ideas and understanding that I have attained, the experience and focused reflection throughout the courses and the field project is like a doorway that opened to new dimensions of the Biblical record and taught innumerable lessons about the world in which the different ages were presented to us in scripture. In short, this clearly marks a huge milestone in my continuing study of the Bible and the faith which is through Christ Jesus. If I may be so bold, it has also served to help my faith mature and has revealed many things in scripture that I did not realize before. I could never have anticipated the tremendous gains produced in the degree program. Fortunately because of the contacts I have made in the world of Biblical Archeology my study and following of biblical archeology sites will continue to grow and develop. It is one more aspect of Bible study that will continue until I die. I look forward to sharing my thesis and continued reflection on the entire project – as I work to complete the last module on Essential Doctrines. I now know that I can study these lessons and receive more substantial insight that was possible before my research and the comprehensive review of current and past archaeological digs. I so look forward to each lesson and will undoubtedly savor every minute required to complete and understand essential doctrines.

  39. Wesley Rose says:

    I can truthfully say that reading and studying all of the lessons, the last one I’m still studying, gave me such a richer view of the Bible and the critical need for Apologetics. Never before in this country has this need been greater since the onset of evolutionary theory and teaching as well as humanism and attacks at the Bible itself. I have noticed on some 45 sites that I visited that the discoveries of Biblical Archeology are being woven into the fabric of Christian writings such as blogs, articles, books, and even hold a place in the newest museums about the Bible. Although I was not around in the earlier stages of Archeology and the Bible, the discipline has truly grown and become almost a household word within and outside academics. Bit the antagonists and protagonists are using available information gleaned from Biblical Archeology to fuel new debates and efforts to actually rewrite parts of history and to revise works just to update their theories and give credit to finds that shook the academic and Christian world. This is the case for several reasons. One of the biggest is that previous written materials sharply criticized BA for not being able to support historical and geographical information in the Bible. The Hittites is one glaring example. Even time-lines, kings lists, and Christian expansion through the ages and many other subjects are being rewritten. Such is the course of history in general but for the secular academic and scientific world to make such admissions and concede certain mistakes, is itself a revolution in thought. In some ways I feel part of a Renaissance type movement in BA and the general academic realm. It is encouraging and in fact has polarized my desires. I know for certain that seeking a doctorate in Biblical Archeology / Apologetics is the only course left for me. Yes, in many ways, I have become addicted to this branch of study and also find that in all of other areas of study and interest new doors have been opened. Some of my previous studies that supported the award of college degrees now must be readdresses, at least in part, so reestablish firm ground and actually update the theological aspects of my past studies as well as Christian History. I feel almost like the child who discovered the great variety in the proverbial candy store and realized there was much left to discover – as well as rediscover within the broad scope of Biblical Study. As I read materials from men like Arthur W Pink, Horatio Bahr, Charles Hadden Spurgeon (SR), and changes in Christian thought plus the unanswered questions of some of those writings I know that a revival in Christianity is under way although it may be off to a slow start. I am so very glad to be living in this era of discovery and the critical changes that are occurring around us every day. It is a wonderfully anxious and revealing time to be a Christian. Now is the time to open eyes and do more of teaching the truth. It is our time…

  40. Christina Porter says:

    Not wanting to add the burden of the hundreds of e-mails a day the mentors get, I thought I would just post a question here to see if I can get the answer elsewhere first.

    I am enrolled in the MBibArch course, and I have started on my first assignment. I was putting my heading on the top of the page as per the handbook, but then I realized I don’t know my student number. I went through every e-mail I have, but I cannot find my student number. Can anyone tell me where to find it?

    Thanks in advance for any help,

    Christina

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