Where Jesus Prayed

I am happy to have the chance to participate in the Patheos Book Club about Danielle Shroyer’s book Where Jesus Prayed: Illuminating the Lord’s Prayer in the Holy Land. I was eager to participate, since I’ve been to the Holy Land multiple times, and will be leading a group of students traveling there again next [Read More...]

Violence in Israel and the United States

Given that I am leading a trip to Israel and the West bank next summer, I’ve been watching the news about increasing violence in Jerusalem and other places with some concern. But the fact that I have friends who live in these places, and can see what they post on Facebook, provides an interesting perspective [Read More...]

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...]

Ahab and Jezebel in Psalm 45

A recent post by Wil Gafney about sexuality and eroticism in the Bible made the suggestion that Psalm 45 is about King Ahab and Jezebel. It is an interesting suggestion, which I had probably read before but forgotten about – for instance, Claude Mariottini blogged about the possibility in 2007, and commentaries mention it as [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...]

The Gospel against the Prophets?

The above words are how I summarized the gist of my recent post “Micah among the Baptists.” I thought perhaps they deserved a meme. If you agree, please share it!   [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...]