Virtual Walking Tour of Old Jerusalem

I came across the above walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem. For those who have visited at other times of year, the city will seem surprisingly uncrowded, since the video was made in December. You can also take a virtual tour of Jerusalem using Google Maps street view. [Read more...]

TTFN Toronto #YCAS2015

I am at the gate at Toronto airport, ready to return to Indianapolis. I thought I would mention it for those who may have wondered if I had enough time to make it! Thank you to the conference organizers, presenters, and attendees, for making he 2015 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium such a wonderful experience! I [Read More...]

Are Israel and Palestine Safe to Travel To? (Fear and Statistics)

When I’ve sought to reassure students and their parents that travel to Israel is relatively safe, I have often used statistics. In light of the things that have been in the news recently, I thought I should blog about this topic. One is much more likely to be a victim of a homicide in the [Read More...]

Review of William Dever, The Lives of Ordinary People in Ancient Israel

I mentioned in a recent post that I had been reading William Dever’s book, The Lives of Ordinary People in Ancient Israel: When Archaeology and the Bible Intersect. That book (for which I am grateful to Eerdmans for having sent me a review copy) deserves more than just a mentioning in the context of Gen [Read More...]

Gaming Thiessen Polygons

I am pretty sure I am the only person who has ever brought along William Dever’s book The Lives of Ordinary People in Ancient Israel: When Archaeology and the Bible Intersect to read at Gen Con. There was in fact a good rationale – as I mentioned previously, I have been trying to think of [Read More...]

Dead Sea Drone

Thank you to Dănuț Mănăstireanu for drawing this video to my attention! It is taken by a drone, and includes the Dead Sea and its vicinity, including Masada. [Read more...]

Israel Trip Trailer #3

And here is a third trailer for the trip I am planning to lead to Israel and the West Bank in the summer of 2016. I made a point of including some footage from the Dead Sea and the Judaean desert which didn’t get included in the other two trailers. [Read more...]

Nonviolent Conflict Resolution in Israel and Palestine

The above video is of a discussion that took place at Harvard Divinity School, on the topic of peacemaking and non-violent conflict resolution in Israel and Palestine. [Read more...]

Religion in Israel/Palestine – Trailer #2

My son decided to show how much better he is at making a movie trailer than I am, and so made his own video about my Israel trip(s), using the same collection of footage from my 2012 trip as I used for my own trailer. [Read more...]

Religion in Israel/Palestine – Trailer for the 2016 Trip

I am planning to lead another trip to Israel and the West Bank in the summer of 2016, lasting about 9 days and departing in late May or early June. My son helped me make a movie trailer for the trip with iMovie, using footage taken by Johnny Traylor on the 2012 trip I led. I am looking [Read More...]

When Assyria Conquered Israel

Not only students, but other sources regularly refer to Assyria conquering Israel in 722 BCE. This reflects a misunderstanding of the Bible and other evidence. Assyria was already the dominant power in the region, and had been for a decade or more. Israel and Judah were vassal states within the territory of the Assyrian Empire. [Read More...]