December 2019 Update

December 2019 Update

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on my blog.  I know.  I know.  I promised to post regular bits of odds and ends until I finished my book, but that didn’t happen.  Sorry.   But I thought I would give a quick status update of what’s been happening, seeing as people are still reading my blog.

In July and August, I was in Egypt taking photographs for my book.  It was three weeks of the most intense heat that I’ve ever experienced.  And I returned with 28000 photographs, including the infrared photo above of the Pyramid of Khafre.

In November, I gave talks at the Evangelical Theological Society conference and the annual meeting of the American Schools of the Oriental Research.  At the former, I gave a talk on purity concepts in ancient Egypt.  At the latter, I presented a paper on violence in Egyptian religious iconography.  Both talks were very well received.  Plus, I made a lot of new contacts and friends in San Diego.

My Ark of the Covenant book is making steady progress.  I’ve completed the rough draft of the first five chapters and am now working on the conclusion.  I am excited to report that the publisher wants to make this a visually stunning volume packed with photographs.

And on Jan 11, 2020 at 1:30 pm, I will be giving a talk on the Ark of the Covenant at the Kehillath Tsion Messianic Jewish congregation.

Finally, I would like to wish all my Egypt and the Bible readers the best of the holiday season.  I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a most blessed New Year.


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