During the month of May, I had the joy of welcoming the Koschmann family to Israel and, with the help of Rhoda, showing them the sites in Galilee and Jerusalem. We even got to Sussita, climbing it twice in one day. (With the paved path and steps, the hike is a lot easier.) One of the products of spending a lot of time in Israel, as I have done over the years, is the “normalization” of many sites. It is refreshing to be with folks full of wonder at it all. Indeed, the land, and the stories that took place her, are wonderful. Sharing them is a blessing. In many ways, this family became our family.
I am pleased to announce that I have been appointed as an associate fellow at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem for 2022-2023.
My project is titled the Archaeology and History of Christianity at Hippos. Specifically, I will be testing and refining a method proposed by Bernard Mulholland for assessing the architectural design of and changes to Late Antique church structures and then applying that model to the excavated structures at Hippos. This work expands on the article I wrote for Michmanim (27:18-28).
In addition, I will use time in Israel to meet with colleagues from the Hippos Excavation to plan a book-length project on archaeological, liturgical and regional information from the Late Antique period at Hippos and its implications for the history of Christianity at the site.
Specific details are still being arranged.
At the end of July, I participated in the ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies fifty First International Conference on The Decapolis: History & Archaeology at the Oriental Institute at the University of Oxford. My paper, co-authored with Patrick Scott Geyer (University of San Diego), was “The materia medica of monastic health care at Hippos Palaistinēs.” Publication is anticipated by next summer.
A corollary benefit was to see so many colleagues from Hippos who also presented.
I had a wonderful opportunity to report on the Northeast Insulae Project (now complete) and to say farewell to students and colleagues at Concordia University as I retire. The full event is below.
Dr. Mark Schuler invites the CSP community to a lecture in the Buetow Music Auditorium on Wednesday, May 4, at 10:30am. Titled Τετέλεσται, this lecture is a final report on the 20-year excavation project at Hippos of the Decapolis, overlooking the east shore of the Sea of Galilee at which the Concordia team uncovered an urban monastic complex centered on a healing cult honoring a revered woman. This lecture also marks the retirement of Dr. Schuler from the theology faculty at Concordia Saint Paul after twenty-eight years of service.