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WBS is excited to announce that Dr. David Schreiner is transitioning from adjunct professor to Assistant Professor of Old Testament. Dr. David Schreiner obtained his bachelor’s from Indiana Wesleyan University and his Master’s and Ph.D. from Asbury Theological Seminary. He has published on a variety of subjects, including biblical archaeology, the history of biblical interpretation,...
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This summer, Wesley Biblical Seminary is offering an intensive course on Biblical Archaeology at its Greenwood, IN extension site. Building from a proper understanding of the term “Biblical Archaeology,” this course will introduce students to the basics of archaeology, archaeology in Syria-Palestine, and its most important results for Biblical Studies. The course will be taught...
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Here is our recent archaeology series, Pondering the Spade by Dr. David Schreiner, compiled conveniently in one location. http://wbseminary.wpengine.com/2016/08/pondering-the-spade-introduction/ http://wbseminary.wpengine.com/2016/08/pondering-the-spade-mari/ http://wbseminary.wpengine.com/2016/09/pondering-spade-gilgamesh-epic/ http://wbseminary.wpengine.com/2016/09/pondering-spade-tel-dan-stele/ http://wbseminary.wpengine.com/2016/09/pondering-the-spade-samaria-sennecharib/ http://wbseminary.wpengine.com/2016/10/pondering-spade-ketef-hinnom/ http://wbseminary.wpengine.com/2016/10/pondering-spade-mt-ebal/ http://wbseminary.wpengine.com/2016/10/pondering-spade-dead-sea-scrolls/ http://wbseminary.wpengine.com/2016/10/pondering-spade-ugarit/  
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by Dr. David Schreiner I was talking to my dad the last time he was visiting, and the conversation shifted to this blog series. As we talked about it, I mentioned in passing that I had considered putting Ugarit on the list, but I had decided against it. After I said this, I noticed a...
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by Dr. David Schreiner The story of the Dead Sea Scrolls is legendary. How they came to light initially involved questionable business deals, scholarly conspiracies, and ingenious defiance. You really could make a movie out of it. In 1948, the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, Athanasius Samuel, contacted an official at the American Schools of...
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by Dr. David Schreiner Mt. Ebal tops out just above 3,000 feet above sea level. If you live near the Rocky Mountains or any other significant mountain range, you may snicker at this height. However, in ancient Israel this was the highest location in the country. Yet Mt. Ebal’s importance transcends topography. Symbolically, it stared...
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by Dr. David Schreiner Earlier this summer, the excavators of ancient Ashkelon (…of dreaded Philistine fame) announced the discovery a Philistine cemetery. The importance of this find can be articulated in a variety of ways (see my brief blog reaction here), but for the purposes of this entry, let’s focus on the reality that people...
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by Dr. David Schreiner There are a number of things an archaeologist considers when he or she is trying to determine where to dig. One consideration is that of travel routes. Find a travel route—better yet find the intersection of travel routes—and you will likely find a location that yields large amounts of material culture,...
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by Dr. David Schreiner At the end of my last posting, I mentioned that the Tel Dan Stele shifted a conversation from whether King David was mythical to the nature of his kingdom. I also mentioned that this was a positive thing, because it forced scholarship to wrestle anew with the dynamics of ancient history writing...
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by Dr. David Schreiner When you are on an archaeological dig, you look at and through everything. I mean everything. Why? Because you just don’t know what you are going to find. Archaeologists don’t just look at the dirt below their feet. They look at the dirt on the walls of the balks. They also...
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