Author Archives: LukeChandler

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 popular study tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.

Finally, Fresh Fruit from Ancient Date Palms

Remember the 2,000 year-old date palm from Masada? The original tree, nicknamed Methuselah, is now a daddy thanks to patience, science, and a little bit of luck. In a happy, very un-2020 report, we have a harvest of new ancient … Continue reading

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New 1 Samuel volume from BiblePlaces.com

Few Bible books match the geographical detail and vivid storytelling of Samuel. BiblePlaces has a promotional $49 price for its new Photo Companion volume to 1 Samuel. Every chapter is brought to life by the 3,000+ PowerPoint photo slides with … Continue reading

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“How Archaeology Works” webinar!

There is a special opportunity to see and learn how archaeology really works this Sunday evening, August 9, at 8pm Eastern Time. For just $10 (only $5 for ASOR members) you can attend a live webinar from the Biblical Archaeology … Continue reading

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Gov’t complex from time of Hezekiah, Manasseh discovered near US Embassy in Jerusalem

The Israel Antiquities Authority has announced the discovery of a large building from the ancient Kingdom of Judah that has been dated to the time of kings Hezekiah and Manasseh (Heb. – Menashe). The Jerusalem Post article includes photos and … Continue reading

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Lipscomb U. scores SWBTS’s canceled Archaeology program

In a surprising announcement, Lipscomb University in Nashville has acquired the premier Archaeology graduate program that formerly belonged to the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. SWBTS’s program had become prominent in Biblical Archaeology but fell victim to financial pressures that have … Continue reading

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6 more 2,000 year-old seeds sprout to give “Methuselah” Date Palm a family

In 2008, Dr. Sarah Sallon successfully revived a 2,000 year-old seed from the extinct Judea Date Palm. This tree is named “Methuselah” and currently stands more than 11 feet tall. An Israeli research team has now germinated six more date … Continue reading

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Recognize this famous ancient spot in Israel?

If you have traveled to Israel, you’ve likely visited the place in the photograph below. Do you recognize it? Take a few seconds to figure it out before reading further. It looks quite different now due to recent work to … Continue reading

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Does it snow in Israel? As sure as snowflakes, it does.

Israel has recently experienced storms across the country, including one in the north that dropped nearly 14 inches (35 cm) of snow on Mt. Hermon. Canaan is not blessed with consistent winter snow but Mt. Hermon normally receives it every … Continue reading

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Three new volumes (on sale!) for BiblePlaces Photo Companion series

Just in time for Black Friday specials, BiblePlaces has released Joshua, Judges, and Romans for its Photo Companion series. This is comes out to 7,500 photos linked with the full text of these three biblical books, already formatted for PowerPoint, … Continue reading

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Who Was Flavius Josephus? (Video)

Dr. David McClister explains “Who Was Flavius Josephus?” in this 10-minute video. For one, Josephus shows how the Jews read the Bible in biblical times – but there’s more, and it’s relevant for modern Bible students and believers. David is … Continue reading

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