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.

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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Register for the 1st International Conference on Biblical Archaeology Online (in English, Español y Portuguesa)

If you’ve wanted to attend an overseas biblical archaeology conference but never have the time and/or money, Hebrew University and the Moriah Center are bringing this year’s International Conference on Biblical Archaeology online to you. For a reasonable registration fee … Continue reading

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Archaeologists propose new site as biblical Ziklag. Is it so?

My most recent dig site, Khirbet a-Ra’i, has just been proposed as the location of biblical Ziklag, a town linked with David shortly before he became king over Judah. I worked with this excavation for two weeks of its summer, … Continue reading

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Electronic authorization for travel to Europe for U.S. Citizens and others beginning in 2021

Citizens of many countries, including the United States, have enjoyed visa-free travel to Europe for decades. We simply get on a plane or ship, show up with passport in hand, and receive free entry for up to 90 days. That … Continue reading

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Recommended Resource: “Book of Acts” Photo Companion to the Bible

When BiblePlaces’ social media began posting an image from Acts each day in February (28 chapters in 28 days), I suspected an announcement was coming for the next volume of the Photo Companion series. This proved to be right. BiblePlaces … Continue reading

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Dramatic Scene from the British Museum’s Special Assyria Exhibition

The British Museum has a special exhibit titled, “Ashubanipal, King of the World, King of Assyria.” I saw it a couple of weeks ago and it is fantastic. If you’re a Bible teacher or serious student, it’s worth a special visit … Continue reading

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