— Dr. Manor’s Speaking Engagements —

Contact Dr. Manor to hold a seminar or to speak for your church or organization.



Manor Appears on Israeli Television —

Summer 2017 — Israel Television i24 visited with Dr. Dale Manor at the dig at Tel Beth-Shemesh, Israel. The station was doing a series on Samson and Delilah, the Philistines, and the Ark of the Covenant. Beth-Shemesh plays a role in this story. The video is about 9 minutes long, and Dr. Manor makes his appearance at 6:23 and ducks out at 7:49.

You can see the complete video here:




Museum Featured in Salt, Leaven & Light —

Summer 2017 — The Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology, which Dr. Manor directs, was featured in the Summer 2017 issue of Salt, Leaven & Light. You can read the article by clicking on this link.



Spoke in Tucson, Arizona —

May 12-14, 2017 — Dr. Manor presented a series of lectures on Archaeology and the Bible at the Ina Road Church of Christ in Tucson.



Visited a Relative in Texas —

May 11, 2017 — On the way to Tucson to deliver a series of lectures at the Ina Road Church of Christ, Dr. Manor stopped by Pecos, Texas where he visited the haunt of one of his noted ancestors on his mom's side!!!!




Spoke at Faith Village church —

April 29, 30, 2017 — Dr. Manor presented a series of lectures on Archaeology and the Bible at Faith Village Church of Christ in Wichita Falls, Texas. Jacob Hawk is the minister at FV.






Opened the Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology at Harding University —

April 15, 2017 — The dedication of the Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology was held at Harding University. Dr. Manor is director of the museum, and many of the pieces on display are on loan from Dr. and Mrs. Manor.







Spoke at the University of Memphis —

March 21, 2017 — Dr. Manor was the guest speaker for the Bert Bornblum Memorial speech at the Program for Judaic Studies--University of Memphis. It was an honor not only to speak on this occasion--and my thanks to Shaul Bar of the University of Memphis for the invitation, but also that many of my colleagues from Harding Searcy and Harding School of Theology attended. Many thanks for the support.



Led a Tour in Israel —

March 4-14, 2017 — Dr. Manor led an 11-day tour to Israel. There were 37 people in the group.

The temple mount is in the background as Dr. Manor speaks to our tour group.


One site we visited was Tel Beth-Shemesh, Dr. Manor's home away from home. Since 2000, he has been Field Director at Tel Beth-Shemesh, Israel, Archaeological Excavation.


Dr. and Mrs. Manor paused for a photo at Tel Beth-Shemesh. To the right, you can see a field. Perhaps this is where the people of Beth-Shemesh were when they were havesting their crop and looked up to see the Ark of the Covenant coming toward them.



Attended the ASOR Annual Convention —

November 19, 2016 — Dr. Manor attended the ASOR Annual Convention. While there he saw Yifat Thareani of Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. She had dug at Tel Beth-Shemesh a couple of summers. He also visited with his co-worker Shawn Bubel who is professor at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. Garry Hill, who has dug at TBS for nine years was there. Dr. Manor also had time to visit with Dr. William Dever, his major professor at University of Arizona.



Left Photo: Garry Hill, Shawn Bubel, & Dr. Manor

Right Photo: Dr. William Dever and Dr. Manor



Presented a Paper at the Near Eastern Archaeology Society (NEAS) Annual Convention —

November 19, 2016 — Dr. Manor read a paper at the Evangelical Theological Society/Near Eastern Archaeology Society. The title was "The Customs of the Nations: Biblical, Archaeological, and Anthropological Insights of Divination." Garry Hill, a friend who has been on the dig at Tel Beth-Shemesh for nine years, took this photo.




Spoke on Harding University Lectureship —

September 28, 2016 — Dr. Manor spoke three times to a capacity audience in Cone Chapel at the 2016 Harding University Lectureship. His topics were "The Holy Land: Canaan and Palestine," "The Holy City: Jerusalem," and "The Holy City: The New Jerusalem."




Spoke at York College —

September 20-21, 2016 — Dr. Manor was the guest of the Clayton Museum of Ancient History at York College and spoke three times while there. Dr. Frank Wheeler, professor at York, is one of Dr. Manor's co-workers at Tel Beth-Shemesh.







Presented a 3-day Seminar in Des Moines, Iowa —

September 16-18, 2016 — Dr. Manor presented a 3-day seminar on Archaeology and the Bible.



On Sabbatical from Harding —

Fall 2016 — Dr. Manor spent the fall semester at Harding on sabbatical. During that time he processed and wrote the chapter on stratigraphy for the second volume of the excavation report for Tel Beth-Shemesh. He is pictured in his "hide-away" almost finished with the details of Level 8.




Annual Dig at Tel Beth-Shemesh —

June 12 - July 7, 2016 — Dr. Manor participated in the four-week dig season at Tel Beth-Shemesh, Israel. He has been Field Director the for dig since 2000. While in Israel, he also visited a number of other sites.



Published Article on "holy" Bowl Found at TBS —

May 2016 — The first volume (consisting of two volumes itself) of our excavation report at Tel Beth-Shemesh came out. Attached is a photo of the title page of Dr. Manor's article on a "qds" bowl that we found in 2000 ("qds" means "holy" in Hebrew).




Presented an Archaeology Seminar in Las Vegas —

May 20–22, 2016 — Dr. Manor presented a series of lectures on Archaeology and the Bible at the South Valley Church of Christ in Las Vegas.



Facilitator at Xperience 2016 in Poteau, Oklahoma —

April 22–24, 2016 — Dr. Manor was a facilitator at the Xperience 2016 Witness Youth Ralley in Poteau, Oklahoma.


Three great guys from the old Harding School of Biblical Studies were there. Ryan Lloyd, Paul Crites and Paul Fletcher appear in the photo with me. Ryan begins his preaching appointment in Melbourne AR soon. Paul Crites is doing mission work in Guatemala, and Paul Fletcher is the youth minister at Poteau. There were two other HSBS fellows at the meeting as well: Tye Zola and Roger Putman! It seemed like an HSBS reunion!!! Great to see all of you again and to revive the bond!



Interviewed on God-Talk —

Dr. Manor was recently interviewed by medical doctor Dr. Andrew Wyant and rocket scientist Douglas G. Thorpe on their show, God-Talk. These are links to the God-Talk interviews:





Held a Seminar in Missouri —

March 18–20, 2016 — Dr. Manor held a "Digging the Bible" seminar at the Arnold Church of Christ in Arnold, Missouri.




Spoke in Oklahoma —

February 27 & 28, 2016 — Dr. Manor spoke three times at the Affirming the Faith Seminar in Oklahoma City on Saturday. His topics were "How Archaeology Relates to the Bible," "A-Z: Archeology and Zerubbabel and Israel’s Return," and "The World of Ezra and Nehemiah: Archeological Insights." His classes were in the Family Life Center, and he had 250 in one class period. He also taught Bible class and preached Sunday morning at North MacArthur Church of Christ. His titles were "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem..." and "Solomon: From Wisdom to Disaster—What's Up?"

The folks in Oklahoma City do an excellent job in presenting the Affirming the Faith Seminar each year. A number of churches join together, and it is held at the North MacArthur church.



Preached in Arkansas —

February 14 & 21, 2016 — Dr. Manor preached at the Hattieville, Ark. church.



Presented a Seminar in Illinois —

January 30 & 31, 2016 — Dr. Manor made four presentations at the Kemp Church of Christ in Arcola, Illlinois. Titles were "What Does This Have to do with That;" "It is Written: Sacred and Secular Texts;" "Father Abraham;" and "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem."



Radio Interview for "The Book and the Spade" —

January 26, 2016 — Dr. Manor was interviewed by Mr. Gordon Govier for Govier's radio broadcast "The Book and the Spade." Govier is biblical archaeology correspondent for "Christianity Today" magazine and editor of "ARTIFAX" magazine. The first broadcast of this two-part interview is now online: http://tbts.info/episodes/1510



Taught the book of Amos —

January - April, 2016 — Dr. Manor is teaching a Wednesday evening Bible class on the Old Testament book of Amos. The College Church of Christ class meets on the Harding campus at 5:30.



Spoke in Arizona —

January 2 & 3, 2016 — Dr. Manor presented a seminar on Archaeology and the Bible at Alma School Road Church of Christ in Chandler, Arizona (metro Phoenix). The church reports attendance was excellent and included visitors from a number of surrounding cities including some from Southern California.



Spoke at NEAS and ASOR national conventions —

November 17 & 20, 2015 — On November 17, Dr. Manor spoke at the Near Eastern Archaeology Society (NEAS) convention, and his topic was “From a Palace to a Temple at Tel Beth-Shemesh — The Findings from the 2010 to the 2015 Season.” On November 20, he spoke at the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) convention with “Asherah…Again: Dichotomy or Metonymy?” being his topic.


While at ASOR he had opportunity to visit with Harvard professor Peter Machinist (photo right). Machinist was one of Manor’s doctoral professors at the University of Arizona and is now Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages at Harvard University.



Taught Ezra, Nehemiah & Esther —

Fall 2015 — Taught an adult Bible class on Wednesday evenings at Cloverdale Church of Christ in Searcy.



Taught Vacation Bible School —

July 12 & 13, 2015 — Taught the adult VBS class two nights for the Highway Church of Christ in Judsonia, Ark. The VBS theme was "Kings & Queens of Israel," and his classes were "Archaeology of the Historical David" and "A Lost Book; A Saved Man: A Study of King Josiah's Spiritual Development."



Preached in Tennessee —

May 17, 2015 — Preached Sunday morning at the Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ in Cookeville, Tenn.

His sermons were "Hezekiah: The Churchill of Judah" and "Solomon: From Wisdom to Disaster."



Spoke in West Virginia —

May 14, 2015 — Spoke at the Spring Apologetics Lectures at the Warren Christian Apologetics Center in Vienna, W.Va. Three lectures were given, one entitled: "Archaeology and the Bible: What does this have to do with that?" A second one looked at the land of Canaan into which Abraham entered; it was entitled "Abraham, What Did You See?" The third was entitled "Hezekiah: The Churchill of Judah." The Center plans to publish the lectures in a book to be released in August. (photo right)



Seminar in Texas —

April 25 & 26, 2015 — Dr. Manor spoke at the Holly Lake Church of Christ in Hawkins, Tex. Saturday and Sunday.



On Freed-Hardeman Lectureship —

February 3 & 4, 2015 — Presented two lectures: “Religious Practice in David’s World” and “Archaeology and the Historical David” at the 79th annual Bible lectureship at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn. (photo left)




Spoke in San Diego —

November 2014 — Read a paper at the annual Evangelical Theological Society/Near Eastern Archaeology Society meeting in San Diego. The paper was titled “The Logic of the Goddess: Anthropological Perspectives on Israel’s Struggles With Asherah.” (photo right)



Taught at Harding University Lectureship —

September 29, 2014 — Taught three classes in September at the 91st annual Harding University Bible Lectureship: "The Archaeology of Ezra," "The Archaeology of Nehemiah," and "The Archaeology of Esther"


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