Secrets of Early Christian Galilee

My friend Eldad Keynan shared the above video on YouTube. Eldad is fascinated with a subject that is far too neglected, namely the evidence of Christianity in ancient Galilee. We know from both Jewish and Christian texts that Jewish Christianity had a significant presence in the region in the first few centuries after the time of [Read More...]

Jerusalem: The IMAX Movie

I have been excited about the IMAX movie Jerusalem since the first time I saw the trailer. The aerial perspectives are breathtaking, and will amaze even those who have been to the places in it. Last night, I had the opportunity to see an advance screening of the complete movie at the IMAX theater at the [Read More...]

James D. G. Dunn on Gaza

Here’s a letter to the editor written to The Guardian by James D. G. Dunn, New Testament scholar and my doctoral supervisor, about the situation in Israel and Gaza: Dear Sir, I count myself as a supporter of the state of Israel, of its resettlement in its historic setting.   But I have been distressed not only [Read More...]

Israel and Palestine in Sunday School

I was asked by my Sunday school class to help them understand what is going on in Israel and the Palestinian territories, and how if at all this connects with the Bible. I was going to try to make a video with a brief overview of the history of Israel, providing maps and illustrations. But I have [Read More...]

In Jesus’ Way

The above photo was kindly taken by Ryan Eller on the recent trip I led to Israel. He gave me the strangest look when I told him that you never know when a photo of oneself exiting a first-century tomb will come in handy. The tomb in the photo is a replica at the Nazareth [Read More...]

Temple Mount Flyover

From SourceFlix. Since the area is a no-fly zone even when there isn’t war going on, this is a rather rare perspective. Sharing this video also gives me the chance to see whether issues I’ve had in the past have been resolved, now that the Patheos upgrade has finished. And so let me try embedding a YouTube [Read More...]

The Tribes of Israel

Paul Davidson posted on the topic of the tribes of Israel, noticing that there is often evidence of a baker's dozen or so, and sometimes a shorter list than twelve. Here is a chart he made that seeks to list the tribes mentioned in various passages (click for a pdf with the details in readable [Read More...]

Butler University 2014 Israel Trip Movie Trailer

OK, so this movie trailer, made by one of the students who went on the trip, may be my new favorite movie… [Read more...]

Discover Butler

Butler University has created several new marketing videos. I love that they integrate the skills, courses, and programs of the Liberal Arts, and in the first of the two videos below (click through for more), one of the students who went on my first trip to Israel and the West Bank in 2012 mentions that [Read More...]

Did They Walk Into a Bar?

The pope has now concluded his visit to the Holy Land. My own trip was moved earlier to avoid having places be closed in preeparation for his visit. Apart from the “upper room,” traditional site of the last supper, which is over the traditional site of the tomb of David, we did not experience any [Read More...]

Stars and Bucks

There were a number of interesting places to drink coffee and/or eat around Israel. One that the students on my recent trip found particularly amusing was “Stars and Bucks” Cafe: We also came across this homemade sign: I particularly appreciated this place’s name: However, when in Jerusalem I prefer to get what the locals call [Read More...]


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