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 Washington State. I was married in May of 2006 to a beautiful young lady from Utah and have two incredibly gorgeous daughters who were born in December of 2008 and March of 2012, respectively. 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 completed a master of studies in Jewish studies at the University of Oxford in July of 2010 and recently completed a master of arts in biblical studies at Trinity Western University just outside of Vancouver, BC. I will hopefully begin doctoral work shortly, and in the mean time I work as a scripture translation supervisor for the LDS Church in Salt Lake City.
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!