Hello and welcome to the site! I am writing this blog to help interested readers explore the historical origins of Christianity. There are many great blog sites on the internet and I encourage you to explore them. My humble contribution focuses on issues that are of particular interest to me. Who am I?
I am an adjunct lecturer in Christian origins at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. My courses include Introduction to the New Testament, Paul, Early Christianity, Christian Controversies, and the Lost Scriptures of Early Christianity, to name a few. I teach in conjunction with my friend and colleague Dr. James Tabor as we educate students about the rise of Christianity, its roots in Judaism, and the culture and history of the first-century Greco-Roman world.
I spent most of my youth in Beaufort, South Carolina. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, I went back to work at the University’s Beaufort campus. Five years later I relocated to the Columbia campus where I served as Assistant Director of MBA Programs while completing my MBA. After twenty-two years of working for the Government, I retired to North Carolina where I earned a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Throughout my career I have been fortunate to have traveled to five continents including a number of trips to Israel where UNCC conducts the only archaeological excavation in Jerusalem sponsored by an American university. During one of these trips I became fascinated with the tourist attraction traditionally identified as the upper room of the Last Supper. Curious as always, I researched and wrote about this in my book The Upper Room and Tomb of David: The History, Art and Archaeology of the Cenacle (McFarland, 2016).
I am currently researching and writing a new book on Paul as well as providing new and hopefully intriguing articles for this blog. I continue to make my way to Israel from time to time.
I live in the Charlotte area with my wife Ann. You can write to me at David.Clausen@uncc.edu.