A week from today I will arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel. My last visit was in 2005. Sadly, I was quite ill for half of that trip, so it is a blur. I don't remember Jerusalem hardly at all. I anticipate that this trip will be more fruitful!
In 2005 I was there for about a week. This year I'll be there for three weeks. The first several days will consist of traveling to various locations with a crew from Faithlife who will be filming Prof. Craig A. Evans giving commentary on these sites and their relevance for studying the Bible. Then we'll be in Netanya for a week as Evans gives lectures there. I am scheduled to give one of "John the Baptist and the Holy Spirit" in Matthew's Gospel. (Pray for me!) Then I'll end the trip back in Jerusalem for a few days, hopefully participating at the Mt. Zion dig.
For family and/or friends who are willing to help support me, I have established a GoFundMe page. Every little bit helps. Prayers for safe travel are appreciated as well! And prayer for the peace of Jerusalem is more relevant than ever for me being that I'll be there. Hopefully, I will be able to provide a steady stream of update via this blog/social media, including pictures. Prior to returning to the United States I'll spend some time in Bristol, England, for my PhD residency and the Trinity College Postgraduate Conference. Then I'll come back to Texas before going to California for a couple weeks in mid-July. It should be an intense, yet rewarding summer.