Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Steven Collins, PhD, Dean, Distinguished Professor of Archaeology



Dean, College of Archaeology & Biblical History
TRINITY SOUTHWEST UNIVERSITY

Education:

1972, B.U.S.; Anthropology, Linguistics; University of New Mexico.
1975, M.Div.; Theology, Biblical Studies/Archaeology/Languages;
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
1978, D.Min.; Hermeneutics, Exegesis; Luther Rice University.
1983, Ph.D.; Biblical History, Religion; Trinity Theological Seminary.
1985, Post-Doctoral Studies, Advanced Archaeological Methodologies;
Southwest Biblical Seminary.
1987, Post-Doctoral Studies, International Seminar in Theology & Law;
University of Strasbourg, France.
1987, Post-Doc. Certificat, Int’l Law; International Institute of Human Rights, University of Strasbourg, France.
1988, Post-Doctoral Studies; ANE Archaeology, Ceramic Typology; Southwest Biblical Seminary.
1989, Post-Doctoral Studies; Levantine Ceramic Typology; Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies.
1995, M.A.; Archaeology & Biblical History; Trinity Southwest University
1999, Ph.D.; Archaeology & Biblical History; Trinity Southwest University

Current Career Avenues:

Executive Dean, Trinity Southwest University, since 1990.
Dean, College of Archaeology & Biblical History, Trinity Southwest University, since 1993.
Chief Archaeologist & Co-Director, Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project, Jordan.
Visiting Professor of Archaeology, Veritas Evangelical Seminary.
Continuing research in the geography, archaeology, and history of the southern Levant.
Continuing research and writing in Christian Apologetics.

Areas of expertise and teaching:

Biblical studies, Biblical criticism, Biblical languages, Christian apologetics, Near Eastern archaeology, Biblical backgrounds.

Current & Recent Scholarly Pursuits & Memberships:

Professional Member, American Schools of Oriental Research.
Professional Member, Society of Biblical Literature.
Professional Member, Near East Archaeological Society.
Chief Archaeologist, Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project, Jordan, 2005-present.
Field Archaeologist, Kursi Excavation, Israel, 2003.
Host Scholar, International Symposium on Archaeology & the Bible, 2001-2005.
Field Supervisor, Khirbet el-Maqatir Excavation, Israel/West Bank, six seasons, 1995- 2000.
Field Archaeologist, Bethsaida Excavation, Israel, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2004.

Books & Research Projects:

1991 Championing the Faith (Hensley Publishers).
1998 Mastering New Testament Greek (TSU Press).
2005 Let My People Go: Using Historical Synchronisms to Identify the Pharaoh of the Exodus (TSU Press).
2006 The Search for Sodom and Gomorrah (TSU Press).
2008 The Defendable Faith: Lessons in Christian Apologetics (TSU Press).
2011 Christian Discipleship (TSU Press).
2013 Discovering the City of Sodom (Simon & Schuster).
2015 The Kikkar Dialogues (TSU Press).
2015 The Tall al-Hammam Excavations, Volume One (Eisenbrauns).

Recent Articles, Papers, & Lectures:

1999 “The Logic of True Narrative Representations.” Co-author with J.W. Oller, Jr. Paper presented to the Annual
Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. Initially published in Global Journal of Classical Theology,
Vol. 2, No. 2 (8/2000); revised version in Biblical Research Bulletin I.2, 2001.
1999 “Is the Bible a True Narrative Representation?” Co-author with J.W. Oller, Jr. Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. Initially published in Global Journal of Classical Theology,
Vol. 2, No. 2 (8/2000); revised version in Biblical Research Bulletin I.3, 2001.
2001 “Using Historical Synchronisms to Identify the Pharaoh of the Exodus.” Paper presented to the Annual
Meeting of the Near East Archaeological Society.
2002 “Locating the Biblical Cities of the Plain.” Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Near East
Archaeological Society.
2002 “The Geography of the Cities of the Plain,” Biblical Research Bulletin II.1.
2002 “A Chronology for the Cities of the Plain,” Biblical Research Bulletin II.8.
2002 “The Architecture of Sodom,” Biblical Research Bulletin II.14.
2002 “Terms of Destruction for the Cities of the Plain,” Biblical Research Bulletin II.16.
2002 “Explorations on the Eastern Jordan Disk,” Biblical Research Bulletin II.18.
2004 “The Bible, History, and Objectivity,” Biblical Research Bulletin IV.5.
2004 “The Length of the Israelite Sojourn in Egypt,” Biblical Research Bulletin IV.6.
2005 “The Home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites: Is Yahweh’s Promise a Significant Historical
Synchronism?” Biblical Research Bulletin V.2.
2005 “How Low Did the Once-Great Egyptian Eighteenth Dynasty Sink?” Biblical Research Bulletin V.3.
2005 “Using Historical Synchronisms to Identify the Pharaoh of the Exodus,” Biblical Research Bulletin V.8.
2005 “Rethinking the Location of Zoar: An Exercise in Biblical Geography,” Biblical Research Bulletin VI.3.
2006 “Tall el-Hammam Excavation 2006: Season One Activity Report.” Presented to the Department of Antiquities
of Jordan.
2006 “Christianity and Archaeology.” The 2006 Erskine Lecture Series, presented at Erskine Theological
Seminary.
2007 “Forty Salient Points on the Geography of the Cities of the Kikkar,” Biblical Research Bulletin VII.1.
2007 “Reassessing the Term hakikkar in Nehemiah as Bearing on the Location of the Cities of the Plain,” Biblical
Research Bulletin
VII.3.
2007 “Tall el-Hammam Excavation 2007: Season Two Activity Report.” Presented to the Department of
Antiquities of Jordan.
2007 “If You Thought You Knew the Location of Sodom and Gomorrah…Think Again,” Biblical Research
Bulletin
VII.4.
2007 “Sodom: Discovery of a Lost City.” Bible and Spade 15.2.
2007 “A Response to Bryant G. Wood’s Critique of Collins’ Northern Sodom Theory,” Biblical Research Bulletin
VII.7.
2007 “Sodom: Discovery of a Lost City,” The Kimbell Lecture Series, delivered at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort
Worth, TX.
2007 “Tall el-Hammam: A Key Witness to the Archaeology and History of the Southern Jordan Valley—Summary,
Conclusions, and Recommendations from the 2007 Excavation Season.” Paper presented to the Annual
Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, and the Annual Meeting of the Near East
Archaeological Society.
2008 “Tall el-Hammam Excavation 2008: Season Three Activity Report.” Presented to the Department of
Antiquities of Jordan.
2008 “The Bible and Archaeology.” The 2008 Erskine Lecture Series, presented at Erskine Theological Seminary.
2009 “Tall el-Hammam Excavation 2009: Season Four Activity Report.” Presented to the Department of
Antiquities of Jordan.
2009 “Tall el-Hammam: Key Witness to the Archaeology and History of the Southern Jordan Valley.” Lecture
presented to the Friends of Archaeology and Heritage of Jordan, Amman.
2009 “Tall el-Hammam, Season Four: Data, Interpretations, and Insights from the 2009 Excavations.” Paper
presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, and the Annual Meeting of
the Near East Archaeological Society.
2009 “Locating Zoar: An Exercise in Biblical Geography.” Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Near East
Archaeological Society.
2009 “Tall el-Hammam: Key Witness to the Archaeology and History of the Southern Jordan Valley.” Lecture
presented to the Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
2010 “The Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project Season Five Activity Report: Excavation, Exploration, and
Survey.” Presented to the Department of Antiquities of Jordan.
2010 (with K. Hamdan and G.A. Byers) “Tall al-Ḥ̣̣ammām: Preliminary Report on Four Seasons of Excavation (2006-2009),” Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 53: 385-414.
2010 “Tall el-Hammam: Has the Lost City of Sodom Been Found?” Lecture presented to the Old Testament Department, Dallas Theological Seminary.
2010 “Sodom: Discovery of a Lost City.” The Southwestern Lectures on Archaeology and Biblical History, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX.
2010 “Tall el-Hammam: Data, Interpretations, and Insights from Five Seasons of Excavation, 2206-2010.” Paper presented to the 11th Tri-annual International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan, Paris, France.

BioSketch:

Dr. Steven Collins has been researching and lecturing in the field of Near Eastern archeology, biblical studies, and apologetics for more than 30 years. His background as a field archaeologist and Bible scholar gives him a commanding grasp of the issues involved in researching the nature of the biblical record from both the historical and scientific perspectives. Currently Chief Archaeologist and co-Director of the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project in Jordan, his rigorous investigation into the location of biblical Sodom is the subject of a new book (TSU Press) and documentary film (in process). He lectures widely, and appears frequently on national and international television and radio programs. From the museums and libraries of Europe, to the high plateaus of Asia Minor, to the banks of the Nile, to the environs of ancient Jerusalem, to his extensive exploration and excavations in the southern Jordan Valley, Dr