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 and household. I am an experienced field archaeologist in Israel and I am currently part of the archaeological excavation team at Tell Halif, 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

“He 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. (now with Routledge, September 2014).

The 5 Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant. Sheffield: Equinox, 2016.

Numerous chapters in edited volumes, dictionary/encyclopedia entries, journal articles, papers presented, and many seasons of archaeological field experience (since 2001).

Current Projects:

Frerichs Annual Professor at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, Israel (2017-2018).

"Households at Iron Age IIB Tell Halif"

Janling Fu, Cynthia Shafer-Elliott, and Carol Meyers, The T&T Clark Handbook to Food in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel. London: T&T Clark, forthcoming 2020.