Madaba

When I visited Jordan for the first time this summer, one of the destinations was Madaba. The city historically has one of the largest Christian populations in the country, and one of its churches, the Church of St. George, has what remains of an ancient mosaic floor which is the oldest map of the Holy Land in [Read More…]

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Butler University Israel/Palestine Trip 2016 Video

My son made the above video presentation about the trip to Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan this summer. I hope you enjoy it! [Read more…]

The Library of the Camaldoli Hermitage

The highlight of visiting Camaldoli in Italy this summer (other than the Enoch Seminar academic conference itself) was the visit to the hermitage higher up on the mountain, and seeing some of the precious old books in their library. I shared some photos when I was there, but without explanation, and so here are some [Read More…]

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Neglecting Italian Scholarship

While in Italy, I had a conversation with a scholar from Sicily about the tendency for English-speaking scholars to ignore scholarship in languages such as Italian and Spanish. While I’ve tried to make a point of noticing, reading, and/or buying scholarly books that relate to my field written in Romanian (scholarship in which language is even [Read More…]

Eating in Rome: Il Falchetto

Before traveling to Italy for the first time this summer, I sought recommendations about places to visit and even more so places to eat in Rome. The one specific restaurant that a colleague recommended was Il Falchetto. Its location is such that you probably wouldn’t just happen across it. And that is a good thing, [Read More…]

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Jewish Rome (l’ospitalità è sacra)

I’m going to be sharing photos from my recent travels, and unlike the hasty bulk uploads to Facebook which some of you may have seen, here I will be commenting on and explaining them. Rather than make one post that might take a while to load because of the number of images, I will be [Read More…]

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Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods Volume 1

I am grateful to Fortress Press for sending me a gratis review copy of Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods, Volume 1: Life, Culture, and Society, edited by David Fiensy and James Strange. But I am perhaps even more grateful to have had the privilege of reading the book while traveling to [Read More…]

Circle Circus

The above video is one that I took of a street performer at the 2016 Sibiu State Theater Festival. I hope you enjoy it!   [Read more…]

Repairing the Tomb of Christ

Richard Engel has a fascinating report about the much-needed repairs to the part of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher that is traditionally identified as the tomb of Jesus, and the historic way that this is resulting in collaboration between Christian denominations that have often fought more than they have cooperated. Click through to get [Read More…]

Back Home in Indianapolis

After multiple weeks of travel, I am back home in Indianapolis. But I will continue to blog about the various places I visited, books I read while traveling, conversations I had while conferencing, and much else related to these travels. Other than my failure to comment as often as I normally try to, how has [Read More…]


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