Ph.D. in Biblical Studies – History, Historiography, & Archaeology of the Hebrew Bible, The University of Sheffield, England
M.A. in Biblical Studies - Hebrew Bible, Ashland Theological Seminary, OH
B.A. in History, Social Science, & Archaeology, Simpson University, CA


I specialize in the historical, cultural, and archaeological contexts of ancient Israel and Judah. More specifically, I am interested in the daily lives of the average Israelite and Judahite household including economics, food preparation and consumption, religion, and the roles and relationships of the family. I am an experienced field archaeologist in Israel and I am currently part of the archaeological excavation team at Tel es-Safi/Gath, Israel.

Favorite Class to Teach

The Bible and Field Archaeology class is one of my favorite classes to teach. This class is a hands-on excavation class in Israel that allows students to get their hands dirty (literally!) and learn how archaeology helps contextualize the Bible.

My Inspiration

β€œHe has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8 NRSV)

Recent Work/Scholarship

Food in Ancient Judah: Domestic Cooking in the Time of the Hebrew Bible (Sheffield: Acumen, 2013).


"Home Cooking: The Role of the Household in the Feasting of Ancient Israel" in Feasting in the Archaeology and Texts of the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East, Eds. Peter Altmann and Janling Fu (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, Forthcoming 2014).

"Economics" in the Oxford Encyclopedia on the Bible and Gender Studies (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014).

Chapters, Entries, and Contributions

"Cooking" in the New Oxford Encyclopedia on the Bible & Archaeology (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).

"Cooking" for the digital encyclopedia The Bible and Interpretation (May 2013).

Book Reviews

Bradley J. Parker and Catherine P. Foster, et al, New Perspectives on Household Archaeology, in The Cambridge Archaeological Journal, volume 23, issue 02 (2013), pp. 341-342.

Jennie R. Ebeling, Women's Lives in Biblical Times, in The Journal of Hebrew Scriptures Volume 13 (2013).