Hello! This site is provided for the purpose of bringing to interested readers another means of exploring the historical origins of Christianity. There are many great blog sites on the internet and my humble contribution focuses on issues that are particularly interesting to me. Who am I?
I am an adjunct lecturer in Christian origins at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. My courses include New Testament and Christian Origins; Lost Scriptures of Early Christianity; Jesus; and Paul. I work in conjunction with my mentor 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 greater 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 as business manager for the University’s Beaufort campus. Five years later I relocated to the Columbia campus where I served as Assistant Director of MBA Programs. I completed my MBA a year later and went to work for the federal government in Washington, D.C. After twenty-two years, 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 numerous times to Israel where UNC Charlotte conducts the only archaeological excavation in Jerusalem to be sponsored by an American university. During one of these trips I became fascinated with the tourist attraction identified as the upper room of the Last Supper and wrote the book The Upper Room and Tomb of David: The History, Art and Archaeology of the Cenacle (McFarland, 2016).
I continue to work with Dr. Tabor and Dr. Shimon Gibson, professor of archaeology at UNC Charlotte, to reveal the fascinating history buried on Jerusalem’s Mount Zion.
I currently live in Charlotte with my wife Ann. You can write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.