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...]

Palestine

My recent trip to Israel included the West Bank. It was interesting to hear locals talk about the future of the region, and also overhear American Christians who spoke in very sweeping terms about “standing with Israel” in a manner that lacks not only nuance, but any actual understanding of the realities or the history. [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...]

Dreaming of a White Jesus

The recent statement by a Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly illustrates well why historical Jesus research is so important. Jesus has become a powerful myth, indeed more than one, and has been coopted in the service of a great many ideologies. Nothing provides as effective a counter to the infinite range of things that Jesus [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...]

Ancient/Middle East Academic Resources Online

A whole range of interesting materials have popped up on blogs today, and so I thought I’d gather them and share them here. AWOL shared the Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine project (and also Greek Inscriptions) and the Middle East Research Journals project. AMIR mentioned Michael Hillman’s books and other materials for learning Persian language and culture, available [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...]

Doctor Who and the Silurians

“Doctor Who and The Silurians” introduced for the first time a race that has continued to reappear throughout the show’s history right up until recent seasons: the Silurians, also referred to as Homo Reptilia, reptilian bipeds who sought safety underground from a potentially cataclysmic encounter with a planetoid (which became our moon, ending up orbiting [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...]

A Visible Boundary

In my Sunday school class today we talked about Israel and Palestine, as this was my first Sunday in church since my trip. Because the question of distances between places came up, someone in the class looked up Israel on Google Earth. As a result, we all got to see something that one can see [Read More...]

At JFK Airport in New York

  Off we go! I took the photo above near the gate in Indianapolis, but did not have time to post it before we left. We have arrived at JFK airport and made our way to the gate where our departure to Tel Aviv should be. We are so early that it is not listed [Read More...]


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