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Biblical Archaeology — Interview w/ Dr. Jeffrey Hudon

Biblical Archaeology — Interview w/ Dr. Jeffrey Hudon Recently, I was blessed to participate in an exceptional 12-week course on the topic of the Dead Sea Scrolls, taught by Dr. Jeff Hudon, Ph.D. This course was offered, surprisingly, by our church, as an adult Sunday School class (Jeff and I attend the same church). I have never interviewed anyone here on the topic of Archaeology before, but I consider it to be an important part of Historical Apologetics. It is my honor to introduce Dr. Hudon to you, and encourage you to learn more about him and his work. Dr. Hudon is an Adjunct Professorn of Old Testament at Bethel College and a Research Associate at Andrews University. He has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in History and Biblical Studies from Simpson University, an M.A. in Biblical History from Jerusalem University College, an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology and Old Testament Exegesis from Andrews University. He also serves as a Graduate Assistant for the American Schools of Oriental Research and Administrative Director of the Tall Hisban Cultural Heritage Project. Israel Wayne: What motivated you to pursue Archaeology as a student, and then as a professional teaching career? Dr. Jeffrey Hudon: I like to describe archaeology as something akin to having a “fifth gospel.”  By that I mean that archaeology, as a science, consistently illuminates the biblical text and continually contributes new, often exciting data to our knowledge of the biblical world.  Observing and participating in this quest is the basis for my passionate interest in this subject.  However, my interest in excavation actually began when, as a young boy, I “excavated” the family garbage dump in the woods behind our home.  The dump contained household trash and rusty machinery, including a 1934 Chevy!  My parents were not amused, but this early experience instilled in me the thrill of discovery as well as revealed information about how my grandparents lived, which became a most important first lesson in my archaeological methodology training; that is, interpreting and gleaning information from finds. Israel Wayne: What were some of the archaeological finds throughout history that have been the most encouraging to you personally in terms of supporting your view of the historicity of the Bible? Dr. Jeffrey Hudon: One of the highlights of my year is attending the meetings of archaeological societies and hearing papers describing the often thrilling discoveries made during the previous field season.  Consistently, the most important of these finds...

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