Not just plain vanilla

Not just plain vanilla

A paper presented at the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) meeting last week put me in the mood for pound cake. Really. I didn’t get to hear the lecture, because my teaching schedule renders it impractical to attend both ASOR and the Society of...
Oh, come now!

Oh, come now!

I’ve generally tried to stay away from politics lately not wanting to repeat the obvious flaws of our current administration that so many others do an effective job of point out. But here’s something that has an Old Testament/Ancient Near Eastern...
Even rocks change

Even rocks change

I’ve found it increasingly hard to blog on current events these days, given that the political situation is so hopelessly in a shambles that any comments from me would be just restating the obvious. Hurricanes and other disasters likewise get more than adequate...
You never know what you’ll find …

You never know what you’ll find …

Every other year, Campbell University Divinity School and Nurturing Faith Experiences co-sponsor a study tour of Israel and parts of the West Bank. And every year, one of the most memorable outings occurs at a place many participants had never heard of: Maresha....
What does the DNA say?

What does the DNA say?

Two recent stories highlight the growing role of DNA analysis in archaeology. One of them offers a reminder that Israel — a land bridge between Africa, Asia, and Europe — has always been a land of migrants. In 1995, a large karstic cave (one formed by...
Walking on holy ground …

Walking on holy ground …

Want to Experience Israel in 2019? Here’s how … You can join me and New Testament professor Alicia Myers, along with veteran guide Doron Heiliger, for a 10-day tour of Israel and the West Bank May 11-22, 2019. Here are the details: The cost is $3850 from...

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