You Can Join a Dig in 2011

A few people have asked me, “How did you become involved with an archaeological dig in Israel?” My answer: “Quite unexpectedly.”

I taught a church class on “Archaeology and the Bible” during the summer of 2008 and used this blog to share extra information from the class. When discovery of the Khirbet Qeiyafa inscription was announced, I wrote a couple of posts on the subject. It did not occur to me that anyone in Israel with an active Google Alert on Qeiyafa could find what I had written.

Two years ago, while preparing to depart on an evangelistic trip to Spain, I received an unexpected message from Barnea Selevan in Israel. He had found my blog and invited me to join the summer dig at Qeiyafa. I had to make a decision on this while preparing to leave for my 3-week trip. At one point I was sitting at an airplane gate in Philadelphia, emailing Barnea for answers to questions and my wife for permission to go.

I received the answers and permission I needed and went on to enjoy one of the richest and most educational experiences of my life. I spent 3 weeks with the Qeiyafa dig in the summer of 2009 and returned for two more weeks in 2010. Lord willing, I plan to return again this coming summer.

Yours truly at the beginning of his first dig in 2009. Green, inexperienced, and enthusiastic. The enthusiasm remains after two seasons. The excavation is one of the most enriching, biblically-educational experiences of my life.

The experience with the excavation enriched my Bible study more than I could have imagined. It has become a genuine investment in my life’s work, to understand and teach the Scriptures. I am thankful to enjoy this growth and its benefits while still in my 30’s. Lord willing, there may be many more years for me and those I teach to benefit from this biblical learning experience.

Do you want to do this and enrich your understanding of the Bible? If you are a male or female between ages of 14-ish and 70+, you can do this too. If you only do it once, your understanding of the Bible will be deeper and richer for the rest of your life. If you are a Bible teacher or plan to be one, how many people will benefit from your up-close, personal immersion in the Bible Lands? Your teaching and study can only grow better from this experience.

BAR has a list of excavations for 2011 that includes Khirbet Qeiyafa. If you want to consider coming to Qeiyafa with me, you can find information on my travel web site.

About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister with the North Terrace Church of Christ and has participated in multiple archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke leads informative, meaningful tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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1 Response to You Can Join a Dig in 2011

  1. afrankangle says:

    Thanks for sharing. After all, the dominoes of events in a persons life seems to take the occasional unexpected turn. Plus this is just another example of the more you learn, the more one discovers not only how much their is to learn, but also how little they actually know.

    Also interesting how science is used to help understand the Bible. Of course that is a topic in itself.

    Thanks for posting as I was starting to get a little concerned. 🙂

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