Sunday, January 22, 2012
Azusa Pacific University Leads First Excavation of Historic Site in Israel
For Immediate Release
From Azusa Pacific University
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ISRAEL (ANS) -- This spring, Azusa Pacific University (APU) embarks on an exciting joint expedition with the Hebrew University of Israel to oversee an archeological dig at Abel Beth Maacah, a site of historical interest long envied by the world’s archeologists.
“I can’t overstate the huge potential of this project,” said Mullins. “First, it is an honor to partner with Israel’s oldest and most prestigious university. Given the site’s connection with the period of David and later Kings of Israel, the dig will draw worldwide interest. We can potentially solve questions regarding the nature of Israel’s ties with neighboring Phoenicia and Syria, as well as documenting through the destruction levels the various Aramean and Assyrian military campaigns mentioned in the Bible and other ancient records.”
Azusa Pacific University is the only Christian university in California with an excavation site in Israel. Ruhama Piperno-Beer of the Hazor Archeological Project is surveyor and architect for the dig. Respected archaeologist Amihai Mazar, the former Eliezer Sukenkik chair of biblical archaeology at the Hebrew University, serves as the project’s archaeological adviser.
Mullins has a doctorate from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and spent many years living in Israel. His interests encompass the fields of archaeology, history, geography, and biblical studies in an effort to better understand the world of the Ancient Near East. Mullins’ work on several archaeological excavations includes Beth-Shean (1 Samuel 31:10; 1 Kings 4:12) and Tel Rehov in the Jordan Valley. His publications over the years include entries in the Anchor Bible Dictionary and Encyclopedia Judaica. His latest work is Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean, 1989-1996. Volume II. The Middle and Late Bronze Ages, written and co-edited with project director Amihai Mazar of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He delivers speeches for the Biblical Archaeology Society and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. As part of his passion to excite students about the world of the Bible, Mullins heads the Azusa Pacific University study abroad program to Israel.
Azusa Pacific University (www.apu.edu) is an evangelical, Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. With 53 undergraduate majors, 37 master’s degrees, 21 credentials, 7 doctoral programs, and 5 certificates, the university offers its more than 9,200 students a quality education on campus, online, and at seven regional centers throughout Southern California.
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