Underwater Treasures of Caesarea

I'm looking forward to visiting Caesarea Maritimia again in about two weeks' time with a group of students from Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary. It's one of the early stops on our visit of Israel. For better or worse, we won't be diving underwater when we're there. But here's a wonderful video and press [Read More…]

Jerusalem Virtual Library

Via The Ancient World Online, I was reminded about the Jerusalem Virtual Library, which includes a wide array of historic photos, maps, illustrations, documents, and other materials related to Jerusalem. I hope you enjoy exploring it and find it to be a useful resource! [Read more…]

Flee With Me To Safety!

Having been blogging about safety and study abroad lately, I was interested to see a study by the Forum on Education Abroad which shows from insurance claim data that students are twice as likely to die on campus in the United States than while studying abroad. I’ll need to check the details more closely to see whether the [Read More…]

X Marks the Arabs?

As I was thinking about the way Americans can misperceive danger elsewhere in the world compare to where they live, I was reminded of something amusing that happened the last time I was in Israel and the West Bank with students. One of the students had noticed an “X” hanging from the rear-view mirrors of cars, [Read More…]

Fear at Home and Abroad

I probably should not vent about my students’ parents on my blog, but I am feeling a bit frustrated. The stabbing of an American student in Israel is certainly a cause for concern. Like any parent would, I have imagined my own son traveling abroad as a student and being in that situation, being stabbed and [Read More…]

Demonization is Dangerous

Here is a larger excerpt from the online article that the above quote comes from: The demonization of the Other is dangerous first and foremost for us. It endangers our humanity; it instills us with fear of the unknown. After all, they are different from us, they operate according to different and unfamiliar codes. This [Read More…]

Ken Stein at IUPUI (on BDS and the CIE)

On Wednesday I had the chance to attend a talk at IUPUI by Ken Stein of Emory University. Although the talk was billed as focusing on how to respond to the BDS (Boycotts, Divestments, and Sanctions) movement on campuses, Stein in fact spent most of his time making sure that the audience understood the ins and outs of [Read More…]

Revealing the Buried Treasures of the Temple Mount

Another interesting archaeology video, this one courtesy of Israel Today. The temple mount is not a place where archaeological digs can legally take place. But there has been a project to sift through the dirt moved during an earlier illegal excavation, which has yielded interesting finds. Watch the video to learn more about it. [Read more…]

What Jesus Thought of the Apostles

Jesus says, “The apostles were stupid and lazy men, who wrote whatever they wished with a great deal of paper and ink.”  The quotation comes from the work known as Dialogue of the Paralytic with Christ, which you can read on Tony Burke’s blog (in a shorter version that lacks this particular statement). I’ve been meaning [Read More…]

What Do Conservatives Conserve?

We all need a reminder from time to time that the traditions which the conservative hold on to and seek to preserve are not from time immemorial. This topic came up in my Sunday school class recently, and one individual said that he knew people who remembered how the advent of electric lighting in churches in [Read More…]