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Merry Christmas from ABR!

Dear ABR family,

The Christmas season is upon us with all of its joys and the normal stresses that are a part of this busy time of year. My hope for you and your family is that you will keep the birth of Jesus in clear focus and that the true joy of this beautiful time of celebration will remain ever fresh in your heart and mind. There is a special peace we receive from the Spirit of God as He reminds us of the simple yet glorious arrival of Jesus in a humble manger. May you experience that peace, a peace beyond all of your struggles or sadness, during this holy season.

Recently we let you know of our difficulties in meeting our financial needs and the response from the ABR family has been very encouraging as we come down to the final weeks of 2019. Our goal in December is to raise an additional $40,000 of support and to enter 2020 fiscally strong and well prepared to meet the needs of the ABR ministry.

Here are just a few of the highlights from 2019:

  • ABR completed its third season of excavations at ancient Shiloh.
  • Major discoveries at Shiloh have included 3 altar horns, a ceramic pomegranate, and a monumental building, all of which may be strong evidence of Israel’s 369 year history of worship at this important site. We believe it is powerful evidence!
  • The evidence at the Shiloh excavation strongly affirms the biblical accounts and directly challenges those who dismiss this site and its history by use of the Documentary Hypothesis. Such theological sleight-of-hand cannot overcome the evidence.
  • Henry Smith and Rick Lanser continue their groundbreaking research in critical areas of chronological studies: Genesis 5 and 11 and Daniel 9:24-27. Both of these projects are expected to lead to the publication of books on these important subjects.
  • Dr. Bryant Wood and Dr. Scott Stripling (with the help of the ABR archaeology team) are working on completing the Khirbet el-Maqatir final reports by the end of 2020. It is our contention that the evidence points strongly to the conclusion that Maqatir is the Conquest city of Ai.
  • ABR’s work has been the focus of over 100 news reports this year!
  • ABR’s TV program, Digging for Truth, continues to generate thousands of views as the ABR staff discuss powerful evidence from archaeology that upholds the reliability of the Bible!

 If you would like to partner with us and help us grow our outreach and impact in the world of biblical archaeology in 2020, please consider a generous year-end gift for ABR at this time. This will be our final appeal for this year and we trust that the Lord will prompt the hearts of all those called to help us at this time. We are grateful for the ABR family, for your prayers, and for your generous support throughout the year. On behalf of the Board and Staff of ABR, we wish you and your family a blessed and Christ-filled Christmas, and a joyful New Year!

Scott Lanser
ABR Director

To make a donation online:

 Donations can also be mailed to the address below:
 Associates for Biblical Research
PO Box 144
Akron, PA 17501

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At this time, the majority of events have been canceled or postponed.
Please email the ABR office at or call 800-430-0008 if you have any questions / concerns.

Shiloh Dig Tour 2020
Due to the worldwide situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the ABR Staff makes the following announcements:
1. The Shiloh Pre-Dig Tour (May 8 to May 17) is officially cancelled.
2. The Shiloh Post-Dig Tour has also been cancelled (Sunday June 14 to Monday June 22, 2020), and will be converted to a Dig week if we are permitted to travel to Israel/Shiloh.
3. We will make a final decision about Shiloh Weeks 1 and 2 (May 17 to May 31) on April 25th.
4. We will make a final decision about Shiloh Weeks 3, 4, and 5 (May 31 to June 19) around May 5th.
Please contact ABR to receive a refund of your deposits/payments or to apply credit towards the 2021 Dig Season.


ABR Annual Banquet 2020


The Bible has been under attack in the western world for over 200 years but never more intensely than today. These attacks have taken different forms and have come from many different corners of the academic world, from philosophers, to scientists, to textual critics. In the specialized world of archaeology the attacks have increased dramatically in the past 50 years. Once a specialization filled with Bible believing individuals, the field of archaeology is now overrun with atheists and skeptics, agnostics and those committed to the destruction of the Bible as a source of true historical information.

These attacks on the Bible are a part of a sweeping movement in western culture. Spearheaded by academic elitists in the university and the public educational system, the news and popular media, and the entertainment industry, these revisionists cloak themselves with supposed objectivity, purity of motives, and the superiority of science over the "uninformed", "unscientific", religious community.

They regularly mock those who question their world-view and their conclusions by name-calling and the worst forms of anti-Bible and anti-Christian propaganda. They have powerfully infected the church by turning Bible believing Christians against the very Scripture which is the foundation of truth and life in this world. Instead of contending for the Bible, Christian academics, pastors, and lay-persons are making egregious accommodations to these destroyers of faith and truth.

In these days of intense spiritual battle, God has called ABR to step into the gap to contend for the truth and to assist the church in this critical hour. ABR is a non-profit ministry dedicated to demonstrating the historical reliability of the Bible and to give answers to questions being asked by believers and non-believers alike. We do this by using original archaeological fieldwork and research along with studies in other apologetic disciplines. We take on the bold claims of skeptics and critics. We challenge the bizarre anti-biblical propaganda that is purveyed upon the public as gospel through television and print media. We uphold the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is God's message for the salvation of all mankind!


ABR fulfills its mission through memberships and generous donations from supporters.

Join us in our mission! No matter what your level of interest, from keeping abreast of the fascinating research that comes out of the field work, to actively participating in an archaeological dig, you can become an integral part of our ministry.

Please click here for our support page.


Phone: 717-859-3443

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PO Box 144, Akron, PA 17501




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