New Article Published in the Journal of Church and State

Truman first pitch

For those interested, the article on which my Just Lunch talk was based, “American Cyrus? Harry Truman, the Bible, and the Palestine Question,” was just published with the Journal of Church and State. Check it out here!

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Palm Sunday in Sevilla

Spain 2015

Last year, Kate and I went to Spain for our belated honeymoon. Palm Sunday (our last day in Spain) found us in Seville, which is known for its Holy Week festivities. Before hopping on a train to catch a plane in Madrid, we were able to see the inaugural Semana Santa procession, put on by La Hermandad de la Paz (The Brotherhood of Peace).

As you’ll see in the photos, it really is a stunning event. It’s particularly striking for Americans, since the garb of the marching nazarenos served as the inspiration for the outfits of the Ku Klux Klan.

Spain 2015

Spain 2015

Spain 2015Spain 2015

Spain 2015

Spain 2015

Spain 2015

Spain 2015
(remember–it’s not a Klan rally!)

New Class…

For those who are interested, I’m teaching an undergraduate course called “How the Holy Land Became Holy.” I taught it two years ago as an intersession class but this is the first time I’ve done it for a regular semester. Anyway, I’ll be keeping a site for the class at holyland.oucreate.com if anyone wants to peek in during the semester!

Two More OLLI Courses

Last week I kicked off a new OLLI course in OKC, “Americans in the Holy Land.” This Thursday, I’m starting “The U.S. and Israel” in Norman. As with “History of Jerusalem,” I’m trying to put more materials for these courses online. This time around, though, I’ve created dedicated web sites for each one (they’ll be updated as we go along). Click on the banners below to check them out!

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