The Keynote presenter will be Dr. Craig Evans who has written extensively on New Testament texts and the cultural, historical and archaeology of Jesus. In honor of Dr. Evan’s work, this conference will present current research of the Tandy Institute staff, faculty, and students providing fresh insights into understanding the New Testament texts and applying it for the church today.

Date: March 17, 2020
Time: 8:30am to 5:00pm. Evening Lecture (open to public) starts at 7:00pm
Location: Riley Center 150
Price:  Regular - $30
Student - $15
*Conference fee includes a lunch buffet
Featured Speakers: Craig Evans (keynote speaker), Steve Ortiz, Adam Dodd, Tom Davis, and Andrew Streett


Conference Schedule

8:00-8:30am Registration
8:30-8:45am Welcome
8:45-9:45am The Archaeology of Galilee: Was Jesus a Jewish Hellenist - Steve Ortiz
9:45-10:00am Break
10:00-11:00am Break Out Sessions: The World of Jesus
11:00am-12:00pm What was Jesus’ Bible? The State of the Jewish Scriptures in First-Century Palestine - Adam Dodd
12:00-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-2:30pm Archaeology of Paul - Tom Davis
2:30-2:50pm Break
2:50-3:50pm Break Out Sessions: Backgrounds of the New Testament World
3:50-4:50pm Roman Imperial Background of New Testament Writings - Andrew Streett
4:50-5:00pm Conclusion
7:00pm Free Public Lecture by Craig Evans: What Happened to the New Testament Autographs?

Break-out session topics:

  • How were the Gospels Written?
  • Women During the Time of Jesus
  • Geography of Jesus and the Northern coast of the Sea of Galilee
  • Elijah and Elisha-geographical template for the miracles of Jesus
  • Coins and Economy at the Time of Jesus
  • Was Jesus really a carpenter?
  • Seeing through a glass darkly-Material Culture of Daily Life
  • Herod the Great: The Man beyond the biblical texts-recent Herodian Archaeology
  • Greco Roman Temple Imagery in Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians
  • Ephesus: Great is Diana of the Ephesians
  • Paul’s citizenship and Roman Colonies
  • How Collapse and Insularity shaped the World of Jesus
  • Where did Jesus feed the 5000-church tradition vs. historical geography