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William Hamblin
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William J. Hamblin is Professor of History at Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah, USA),
 specializing in the ancient and medieval Near East. He is the author of dozens of academic
 articles and several books, most recently, Solomon's Temple: Myth and History, with David 
Seely (Thames and Hudson, 2007). In the fall of 2010 his first novel was published (co-
authored with Neil Newell): The Book of Malchus, (Deseret Book, 2010). A fanatical traveler and photographer, he spent 2010 teaching at the BYU Jerusalem Center, and has lived in
 Israel, England, Egypt and Italy, and traveled to dozens of other countries. You can follow and
 discuss "An Enigmatic Mirror" on Facebook.

Works by William Hamblin
Light of the World: John 8:1-20
William Hamblin | May 22, 2011
The Light who is Christ enlightens individuals, and radically transforms the nature of......
Jesus at the Festival of Sukkot, Part 1: John 7:1-24
William Hamblin | April 28, 2011
Jesus celebrates Sukkot and teaches with authority....
An Enigmatic Mirror: An Introduction
William Hamblin | December 26, 2010
The goal of a pilgrimage into a sacred text is to mentally and spiritually travel toward......
The Word: Commentary on John 1:6-18 (Part 2)
William Hamblin | January 14, 2011
John is creating suspense for the readers, leaving them wondering until the final......
Jesus' ancestry and birthplace are superseded by his relationship to the Father....
Jesus and Nicodemus: John 3:1-21
William Hamblin | February 11, 2011
Breath, light, life, world -- can we summarize the fundamental message of the entire......
Temple or Spirit? John 4:19-26
William Hamblin | February 28, 2011
Jesus and the Samaritan woman talk about temples and worship and traditions....
Healing at the Pool of Bethesda: John 5:1-18
William Hamblin | March 11, 2011
What is Jesus saying about himself when he does the Father's work on the Sabbath?...
The Feeding of the Five Thousand: John 6:1-21
William Hamblin | March 31, 2011
Jesus feeds the crowds, thus placing himself in the role of the prophet-like-Moses....
Jesus, John the Baptist, and the Waters of Life: John...
William Hamblin | February 18, 2011
Just as failure to eat, drink, and breathe will cause physical death, failure to eat,......
Samaritans and Signs: John 4:27-54
William Hamblin | March 07, 2011
Jesus' conversation with the Samaritan woman and his healing of the official's son give......
Introducing John
William Hamblin | December 31, 2010
Much of what I will do here is to try to approach John, as best we can, through the......
Jesus' teaching draws on the temple altar sacrifices, but many cannot accept his words....
Three Witnesses of Jesus: John 5:19-47
William Hamblin | March 18, 2011
Jesus proves his messianic identity with the three witnesses required by Jewish law....
The Word: Commentary on John 1:1-5 (Part 1)
William Hamblin | January 07, 2011
The Prologue to John invites the reader into the deepest concepts of Christ....
First Disciples and First Miracle: John 1:35-2:12
William Hamblin | January 28, 2011
Jesus gathers his disciples and gives them the first sign of his Messianic identity....
Satan: Whose Father Is He?
William Hamblin | June 13, 2011
Jesus and his opponents debate their spiritual identity as evidenced in actions and......
The Testimony of John the Immerser: John 1:19-34
William Hamblin | January 24, 2011
John the Baptist recognizes the Messiah and testifies to his work....
John 2:13-2:25: The Purification of the Temple
William Hamblin | February 04, 2011
When and why did Jesus purify the Temple?...
The Bread of Life: John 6:25-51
William Hamblin | April 14, 2011
What does it mean to say that Jesus is the Bread of Life?...
"Before Abraham Was, I Am": John 8:48-59
William Hamblin | June 23, 2011
Jesus makes a claim that triggers outrage and anger....
The Divine "I AM": John 8:48-59
William Hamblin | June 30, 2011
Jesus publicly spoke the I AM name of God, and claimed to be God, the I AM. For this,......
Jesus' Relation to the Father: John 8:21-30
William Hamblin | June 02, 2011
Jesus emulates the Father in all things, and is thus the ideal disciple of the Father,......