First Photos of Jerusalem

James Tabor drew attention to something on the Smithsonian website: a collection of photos of Jerusalem taken in 1844, and thus the earliest photographs of Jerusalem ever taken! Click through to see the others. [Read more...]

Balforady Tours

The tour guide that I worked with on my last trip to Israel, Baligh Jazy, did a fantastic job. Often a professor has to correct many things a tour guide says, explaining that those things are legends and may not reflect history. Baligh was very different, demonstrating that he was well read on the history [Read More...]

Two Shekel Chuck

It has been proposed that the above Hebrew inscription may have indicated that the vessel contained wine of the lowest quality. The article’s proposed connections with Solomon are pure speculation, but given the traditions connecting Solomon’s court with a school of wisdom, it is fun to ponder whether, then as now, grad students were among [Read More...]

Jerusalem IMAX 3D Trailer

I’ve shared it before, but it is worth sharing again, in case anyone missed it. [Read more...]

Jerusalem in the First Century

This digital recreation of first century Jerusalem was shared by the Huffington Post together with a large number of real photos from modern Israel, all of which I understand are from the long-awaited IMAX movie about Jerusalem. Many of the photos are breathtaking, and so do click through and take a look!   [Read more...]

Temple of Science Fiction

GakuseiDon left a comment on a recent post pointing out that there is a Buddhist temple, Wat Rong Khun, which includes depictions of characters and scenes from science fiction in its artwork. Here’s an example: Did you spot Neo? Click through for more images from the temple’s artwork and architecture! Also at the intersection of religion [Read More...]

Jesus’ Family and Modern Bethlehem

The blog +972 shared the news earlier today that the Israeli embassy in Ireland had posted a derogatory status update about Palestinians, in connection with Jesus and Mary, on their Facebook page: A thought for Christmas…If Jesus and mother Mary were alive today, they would, as Jews without security, probably end up being lynched in [Read More...]

You Know What I Did Last Summer

Summers are special times for professors. At the start of them, we make implausibly grandiose plans about what we are going to accomplish during them. At the end of them, we wonder where the time has gone. Here are some of the things I did this summer: Took students to Israel. Finished work on translating [Read More...]

A Palestinian-American Student visits Israel/Palestine

When I traveled to Israel and the Palestinian territories in May, I had the privilege of having a student of Palestinian descent on the trip. Loor has now shared a brief account of her experience on the Butler University Center for Faith and Vocation’s blog. Please click through to read it! [Read more...]

The Butler University Israel Trip May 2012: The Motion Picture

One of the students on the Israel trip has made a series of videos about the trip – one for each day we were there. They are nicely edited, with a mixture of regional and other more familiar music for the soundtrack during sections with scenery and locations. I think you’ll enjoy them! If you [Read More...]

Please No Explanations Inside the Church

I’ve always enjoyed the ironic double entendre of the large notice at the top of this sign at the Church of All Nations next to the Garden of Gethsemane: Another version of it became something of a meme a while back, and I even blogged about it before having been to the church where it [Read More...]


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