G. Albert Shoemaker Professor Emeritus of Bible and Archaeology
Project Director and Principal Investigator, The Zeitah Excavations
Year Started at PTS: 1997

Contact Info



  • Ph.D., Harvard University / Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • A.M., Harvard University  / Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • M.A.T.S., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary / Old Testament
  • B.S.Ed., University of Virginia / English Education

Recent Courses Taught

  • Biblical Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Syria-Palestine
  • Historical Books of the Old Testament
  • Ancient Texts Related to the Old Testament
  • History of the Religions of Early Israel
  • History of the Ancient Near East
  • Hebrew


Church Association


Professional Competencies


  • Excavation licenses for Tel Zayit, 1999-present, Israel Antiquities Authority

Areas of Specialty

  • Syro-Palestinian archaeology
  • Ancient Near Eastern history
  • Hebrew Bible
  • History and archaeology of the city of Samaria

Selected Professional Service

Board Service

  •  1999-2011: The Albright Institute for Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

Leadership for Professional Societies

  • 2004-2011: Chair, Personnel Committee, The Albright Institute
  • 2002: Chair, Nominations Committee, The Albright Institute

Selected Awards/Distinctions

  • 2009: Frank Moore Cross Award (for most substantial edited or authored volume of original research related to ancient Near Eastern and eastern Mediterranean epigraphy, text and/or tradition), Literate Culture and Tenth-Century Canaan, The Tel Zayit Abecedary in Context
  • 2008: Featured archaeologist in NOVA special, “The Bible’s Buried Secrets”
  • 2005: Discovery of the Tel Zayit Abecedary (oldest extant, complete Hebrew alphabetic inscription, from The Zeitah Excavations)
  • 1997: PEW Charitable Trust Research Fellowship

Additional Resources

Complete CV
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The Zeitah Excavations
Radio Interview: American Church in Paris Dr. Tappy presented a three-part lecture and was interviewed about his work in archaeology.