Biblical Archaeology – BIBL 471

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A focus on archaeological terminology, methodology, and interpretation as they relate to biblical studies. (This course fulfills a Bible Background requirement.)


(BIBL 105 and BIBL 110) or BIBL 104


As an elective course, BIBL 471 provides the student with another tool for understanding the historical and cultural context of the Scriptures. It also lends scientific support to the historical validity of the Bible.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Acquire a working knowledge of archaeological terminology.
    2. Examine the evidences for biblical archaeology.
    3. Discover what archaeology reveals about the biblical history.
    4. Understand the methodology of archaeological excavation.
    5. Survey the archaeological evidence for specific biblical periods.
    6. Evaluate the value of archaeology for biblical apologetics.
    7. Recognize the dynamic relationship between archaeology and the life of Christ.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

There will be 3 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge in current Turabian format as well as include 2 different resource references. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. (MLO: B, C, E, F)

Short Report

The student will write a 4–5-page research-oriented paper in current Turabian format that focuses on the debate over the northern and southern location of Sodom, represented by Dr. Steven Collins (northern view) and Dr. Bryant Wood (southern view). The paper must include at least 6 resources. (MLO: A, B, D, E)

Excavation Report

The student will conduct an online search for a contemporary archaeological excavation site and write an approved 4–5-page report that contains the following information: introduction with thesis statement, the historical background of the archaeological site (including history of previous archaeological excavations, if any), objectives of the current archaeological excavation, archaeological progress at the site (from the beginning of the discovery to present excavation), and the significance of discoveries to biblical studies. The student will choose from a list of approved sites. The paper must be in current Turabian format and include at least 6 sources. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Research Paper

The student will write an 8–10-page research-oriented paper in current Turabian format that focuses on an approved topic related to archaeology. The paper must include at least 6 sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (MLO: A, B, C, E, G)

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and/or true/false questions, and have a 30-minute time limit. (MLO: A, B, C, E, F, G)