I love building things. I love wild places. And I love adventure. How adventurous? My wife and I built our own airplane so that we could fly to national parks, national forests, and wilderness areas where we love to camp, climb mountains, backpack, and snowshoe.
I have an M. Div., Th.M., and Ph.D. (Hebrew and Old Testament from Trinity International University). For sixteen years, I taught courses in Hebrew and Old Testament at various colleges and universities in the United States. But today my classroom is the outdoors. I spend part of each year teaching field study classes in Israel for Jerusalem University College.
For nearly three decades, I have tried to connect with the geographical experiences of the biblical authors and poets so that I might better understand how they thought and wrote. I have walked hundreds of miles where they walked, experienced the weather they experienced, and listened to the sounds that filled their days. A little of me is now “from there.” Because of that, I read the Bible differently. I experienced what I call a geographic conversion of my Bible reading. Details that I had missed or ignored leap off the page, offering new and exciting insights into old and familiar passages. I am honored to share what I have learned in the books I write and the documentaries in which I appear. My goal is simple. I want to help others make the Bible’s geography meaningful.