This blog is an attempt on my part to provide a forum for my research, thoughts, and experiences as a student of the world of the ancient Near East. Originally from West Virginia, I’ve lived in Maryland, California, Colorado, Texas, Uruguay, Utah, the United Kingdom, and now Washington State. I was married in May of 2006 to a beautiful young lady from Utah and have an incredibly gorgeous daughter who was born in December of 2008. I received my bachelors degree from Brigham Young University in ancient Near Eastern studies, where I focused on Biblical Hebrew and minored in Classical Greek. I recently completed a master of studies degree in Jewish studies at the University of Oxford and am currently pursuing a master of arts degree in biblical studies at Trinity Western University just outside of Vancouver, BC. In addition to my courses, I work for Peter Flint and Martin Abegg on Dead Sea Scrolls-related topics.
While I have a number of research interests that wrangle for what free time I have available, my areas of specialization are Second Temple Judaism, early Israelite religion, and textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible. At Oxford I focused on Second Temple Judaism, and my thesis was entitled “Anti-Anthropomorphism and the Vorlage of LXX Exodus.” My thesis at Trinity Western University will focus on the development of monotheism within Judaism. I hope to reincorporate, after my masters degrees, the study of Pre-exilic Israel, Ugaritic, Aramaic, Akkadian, and the less objective work of guessing what the early Israelites really believed and how those beliefs changed over time.
I hope you find something educational, useful, or entertaining here, and I invite any and all comments here on my blog, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a wonderful day.