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I’ve read several articles in the past few weeks relating the presence of archaeological finds to the question of statehood.
This one from Ha’aretz explains that the Dutch government hopes to support the cause of Palestinian statehood by financing archaeology at Tell Balata, an ancient site within the city of Nablus:
“The creation of institutions can only be sustainable if it goes hand in hand with the strengthening of the cultural identity of the Palestinian people ahead of a negotiated agreement on statehood,” [representative to the PA] Twiss said, adding that “sites like Tell Balata are simply too important to be neglected.”
I’ve just published a piece over at the Bible and Interpretation site entitled “Who Cares about the Prophets?”Continue reading
With the start of a new semester, I’ve had to shift my direct attention away the West Bank/ Israel trip to courses, writing assignments, and speaking engagements. But the realities I encountered in January aren’t fading away; instead, they are finding their way into all the work I’m doing.
I’ve just encountered powerful curriculum on Joshua. It’s entitled Joshua: A Journey of Faith and is the 2009-2010 Horizons Bible Study for Presbyterian women.
The first of many unsettling experiences during the LTS West Bank/Israel trip was my introduction to the Wall. While I had read much about the “separation wall” between Israel and the Occupied Territories and even seen photos from friends, I wasn’t prepared for the reality.
On the bus ride from Ben Gurion airport to our hotel in Bethlehem, the wall seemed everywhere–zigzagging across the landscape, chopping up fields, and blocking roads.
We had to pass through the wall in order to enter Bethlehem, where we stayed for much of our trip.
From January 6 to January 25, I joined my colleague Anabel Proffitt in leading a group of 21 students from our institution through the West Bank and Israel. I’ve recently returned, my camera full of pictures and my head full of realities to process and responses to formulate. In the next few weeks, I’ll be reporting on my evolving experience of the trip.
I’ve recently returned from co-leading a group of seminarians on a 17-day trip to the West Bank and Israel. It was an intense experience, and I’ll soon start blogging and uploading photos.
For now, you might want to read my first written response, published over at Bible and Interpretation: “Biblical Scholarship and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”Continue reading
A lot will happen in the next six weeks.Continue reading