Jericho, Qumran and the Mount of Olives

This morning we traveled from Haifa across Galilee to the Jordan Valley. We entered the West Bank traveling southward along the Jordan river valley. The students were surprised at how imperceptible it was to cross the checkpoint – since we were in a tour bus with Israeli plates, we were simply waved through. Across the [Read More...]

Readiness to Revise

There are two great cartoons that appeared on David Hayward’s blog recently which can be related to one another. Here is the first: And this second one seems to be related to the same theme inasmuch as such experiences can and should motivate theological reflection and revision, as they did in Job’s case:     [Read more...]

Around Galilee

Today we visited sites that have some connection to the story of Jesus. Contrary to what some fringe internet voices such as the Jesus mythicists have sometimes claimed, there is evidence for habitation in Nazareth in the first century, in the structures excavated beneath the Church of the Annunciation. Even rather later, in the 4th [Read More...]

Two Nazarenes

Our tour guide Baligh’s local tour organization which EF works with is called “Nazarene Tours” because Baligh himself is from Nazareth. He made an amusing comment on the first day about the fact that he is more of a Nazarene than Jesus for two reasons: Jesus was born in Bethlehem and lived in Nazareth for [Read More...]

Loquats, Olive Oil, and Tombs

What the three things mentioned in the title of this post have in common is my friend Eldad Keynan, who stopped by the hotel where I am staying in Haifa and spoke to my students as well as me. He brought me some fruit from his garden (sheseq, which a quick internet search informed me [Read More...]

Caesarea Maritimia, Acre and Haifa

Today was our first day of touring, and it felt pretty full, although the tour guide at the end of the day said that tomorrow will be a full day, and so apparently it is possible to at least try to squeeze even more in. Today was a visit to completely new places for all [Read More...]

Hakon Borresen – Symphony No. 2 in A Major “The Sea” Op. 7 (1904)

Even as someone who has a particular love for Scandinavian music of the early 20th century, I must confess that Hakon Borresen is not a composer who was familiar to me. Enjoy this symphony of his as you watch the sun set on an alien world… [Read more...]

Hotel Kibbutz Shefayim

We reached our hotel, and on the way in the bus the tour guide shared a bit about practical considerations and logistics, what we will be doing tomorrow, and so on. At the hotel we had time to freshen up before eating a buffet dinner with food that was for the most part not too [Read More...]

Postcolonial Krotons

My recent post on the Doctor Who episode “The Krotons” has been shared at the Journal of Postcolonial Networks [Read more...]

Arrival in Tel Aviv

We have made it to Tel Aviv! Our flight was about an hour late leaving JFK. It was probably thanks to some of the initial delay that Maddie was able to catch the flight, since her flight to JFK was delayed. There was fog at JFK which was probably a major cause of both delays. [Read More...]

Peder Gram – Symphony No. 3 in E minor Op. 35 (1954)

A 20th century composer from Denmark. You may not expect to like “classical” music, but keep in mind that technically this isn’t “classical” – it is modern music of the late Romantic style, from a period which also shaped what has become characteristic film music. And so it is unsurprising that the person who shared [Read More...]


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