Friday, February 11, 2011

Guest Bloggers

For the next month, I will be stepping away from this blog as I begin a series of exams in my studies. I am very thankful for several friends who have volunteered to contribute to the blog in my absence. I have known these three men for up to 15 years, traveled in Middle Eastern and/or European countries with all of them at various times, and have greatly benefited from their knowledge and friendship over the years. I am grateful for their willingness to serve you and relieve me in the weeks ahead. I would like to introduce you to Chris, A.D., and Seth.

Chris McKinny is finishing up his M.A. thesis at the Jerusalem University College.  Last semester he taught full-time at the Israel Bible Extension campus of The Master’s College.  Chris has a particular passion for archaeology, and he has spent summers excavating at Tell es-Safi (Gath) and Tel Burna (Libnah?) in the Shephelah of Judah.  Chris lives in Jerusalem with his wife Mindy (whose photographic work has been featured on this blog in the past).  He blogs occasionally at Seeking a Homeland.

A.D. Riddle is studying ancient Near East history and languages in the PhD program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  He recently completed a certificate in GIS and cartography at the University of Wisconsin.  A.D. really likes to spend his time around maps and pictures of the Bible Lands. One of his projects was the winner of the 2009 NACIS Student Web Mapping Competition (viewable online here).  A.D. is married to his wife of 13 years and has two sons, ages 2 and 4. 

Seth Rodriquez recently completed the PhD program in Old Testament Archaeology & History at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  His dissertation was a detailed analysis of Iron Age weapons that examined both the biblical text and the archaeological record.  He has earned two masters degrees in biblical studies and has studied long-term at both the Jerusalem University College and the Israel Bible Extension of The Master’s College.  Seth lives with his wife and three children in northern Kentucky.

6 Comments:

  • Todd, I think you’ve blown it here. When I need to get someone to cover for me when I’m gone, I try to find someone who is only marginally competent. That way, people are happy to see me back. Sounds like you may have blown that here.

    At any rate, study hard and do well.

    By Blogger Al Sandalow, at Fri Feb 11, 05:35:00 PM  

  • Really enjoy your blog and just want to wish you all the best with your exams.

    kind regards,
    Linda Ross

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Feb 11, 07:11:00 PM  

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    By Blogger Rexford, at Sat Feb 12, 12:23:00 AM  

  • I read a lot of blogs and websites but few have made such a big difference to my life that I actually bother to write and express my gratitude. So, many thanks for all you do to keep us updated on the world of biblical (and other) archeology, Todd. God bless your exam time with high energy levels, a clear head and creativity.

    Warm best wishes,

    - Joel Scott
    London, UK | Ramallah, West Bank

    By Blogger Joel, at Sat Feb 12, 12:26:00 AM  

  • Todd:
    I profit so much from your blog I am ALMOST tempted to tell you to forget the exams and just keep writing the blog as evidence of your knowledge. But I'd hate to deprive you of a new experience so study hard. I am confident you are going to do extremely well.
    Stephen Bramer
    Chair of Bible Exposition at DTS

    By Anonymous Stephen J. Bramer, at Mon Feb 14, 02:29:00 PM  

  • It looks like I blew my opportunity to negotiate a better deal!

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Mon Feb 14, 09:30:00 PM  

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