Why I am Recommending Jodi’s Upcoming Archaeology Series

Reduced Price until Sunday Midnight February 25th

Some of you might have seen that Bart Ehrman is promoting a new course with archaeologist Jodi Magness. The two of them are faculty together at UNC Chapel Hill. I have never enrolled in one of Bart’s courses before, though I have often posted as a guest on his blog and we are in touch quite often as colleagues. But when I saw that Jodi was doing this I was quite intrigued and drawn in, especially with her announced fourth lecture. I signed up for the course yesterday! Let’s just say Prof. Magness and I are not known for our agreements in many of these areas. She is the archaeologist, I am the historian, but I have “done” a lot of archaeology in the past 30 years, including at Qumran, Sepphoris, and Jerusalem–and have been co-director of four different licensed excavations.

Since I first began to do research and field work on both the James ossuary and the two Talpiot tombs, Jodi has countered most of my conclusions with energy and enthusiasm. We remain friends and colleagues and can disagree respectfully–and respectively. And she is also going to talk about the archaeology of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jesus in Galilee, and Jesus in Jerusalem! That pretty well hits the mark on some of the main areas I work in. No doubt we agree on much, but we have just as many differences.

I wanted to urge you all to take a look at this upcoming course. It will be presented live on March 2 and 3rd but you can watch it anytime after signing up.  By purchasing the course you will own it for life and can study and review at your own pace when presented or anytime after. You can take a look at the course, with no obligation, at this unique “easy to remember” link:


I wrote Bart this morning and told him I was going to recommend the course–and his web people helped me create my own link, since I am recommending the course to my blog readers, and I wanted to be able to get an idea of how many of you sign up thorough my recommendation.

P.S. Two final fun facts. March 2nd is my birthday–the day the course goes live. Jodi has a place in Jerusalem very near the Talpiot tombs. Oh, I think there is a discount if you sign up before February 25th midnight, so check out the link above.

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