Lisa Kahl, an Anderson University Bible and Religion/Christian Ministries major, is the 2011 Gustav Jeeninga Museum Fellow for Archaeology. Kahl will be digging at Khirbet Qeiyafa near Jerusalem this summer.
“My heart jumped as I sat in Professor Neidert’s archaeology course listening to him explain the Jeeninga Fellowship,” said Kahl. “I had heard about the program in the past, but never really understood it. As a Bible major, I realized applying for the Fellowship was an opportunity to bring together my course work, reading, and passion for scripture.”
Kahl eventually applied for the Fellowship after listening to the presentation by 2010 Fellow Nicole Rech, a student at the Anderson University School of Theology. The next step, however, was deciding where to study. “I selected Khirbet Qeiyafa for three reasons: the time period of the dig, the location of the site to Jerusalem, and the hostel used by the project,” says Kahl. “The hostel was a big factor, since it is a Jewish community. We have to leave the hostel every weekend because of Sabbath and stay in Jerusalem. It will be exciting to learn about this Jewish community and experience Jerusalem every week.”
Khirbet Qeiyafa (khirbet is the Arabic for “ruin”) is a site focusing on the time period between the 10th Century BC and the Early Hellenistic Period (around the time of Alexander the Great). The dig project is associated with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and coordinated by Prof. Yosef Garfinkel.
The late Dr. Gustav Jeeninga, founder and former director of the Museum of Bible and Near Eastern Studies, established the Fellowship. The Fellowship assists a student to study up to four weeks in the Mediterranean basin around archaeology or personalized research from the Early Bronze Age to AD 1000.
The selection committee for the Fellowship consists of Dr. Blake Janutolo, dean of the College of Science and Humanities; Dr. Fred Burnett, professor of religion; Dr. David Sebastian, dean of the School of Theology; and David Neidert, director of the Jeeninga Museum.
“My life will be different in ways I cannot even imagine right now because of being selected for the Fellowship," Kahl said. "I am humbled by this opportunity and looking forward to what God will teach me through this experience.”
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.