Dr. Jeffrey P. Hudon

Ancient Near Eastern Historian, Archaeologist, and Old Testament Scholar

Education

  • PhD, Near Eastern Archaeology and the History of Antiquity, Old Testament Exegesis, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA, 2016
  • Dissertation: “The Expansion of Judah under Uzziah into Philistia: The Historical Credibility of 2 Chronicles 26:6–7a in Light of Archaeological Evidence.” Chair: Randall W. Younker; External examiner: Andrew G. Vaughn.
  • MA, theology (church history emphasis), Fuller Theological Seminary (formerly Fuller Northwest Extension Campus), Seattle, Washington, USA
  • MA, biblical history, Jerusalem University College, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Thesis: “The Foreign Policy of the Kingdom of Judah during the Reign of Manasseh.” Advisor: Anson F. Rainey.
  • BA, history, Simpson University, Redding, California, USA
  • Minor in Bible
  • AA (with honors), Everett Community College, Everett, Washington, USA

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award, Andrews University, 2016
  • Phi Kappa Phi Member, 2009–2016
  • The Joseph Callaway Prize for best student ASOR paper read at SECSOR, Atlanta, 2010
  • ASOR Travel Scholarship, New Orleans, 2009
  • ASOR Heritage Fellowship Award, Tall Jalul, 2009
  • Scholarship Awards from Andrews University, 2009–2012

Testimony

I was raised and educated on the four-fold gospel of Jesus Christ as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and Coming King, attending Baptist, C&MA, and non-denominational churches in Washington State, California, and Hawaii as well as cutting my theological teeth at Simpson University. I accepted Christ at ten years old while sitting in our yard and feeling God’s love envelope me. I shared this with our pastor and was baptized at that time. Throughout my life, I have ascribed to and remain in full agreement with and resolutely support a high view of Scripture. One of my favorite “practical” theologians is A. W. Tozer, whose work I read while serving as an Elder at Mountain View Community Church. My Christian walk has been one marked by steady growth, sometimes in small increments, other times in a flourish of revelation, but always with the realization of God’s awesome holiness revealing my woefully flawed and sinful humanness; hopeless and condemned apart from His divine, atoning touch (Isaiah 6:1–6).

Briefly stated, I hold that the Bible in its entirety is verbally inspired by God and inerrant as originally given (2 Timothy 3:16–17). I believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, the incarnation of Jesus Christ, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary (Isaiah 7:14). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is both fully God and fully man. He died on the cross as an atoning sacrifice for our sins and then rose from the dead in bodily form (John 2:19-22). All of humanity has sinned and are thus saved from death and justified by faith in Christ through the working of God’s grace (Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:8–9).

The Holy Spirit empowers and guides the believer while also convicting others of their need of salvation. The blessed hope of the imminent, visible, glorious and premillennial return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ coupled with the resurrection and judgement of all humanity, drives home the serious and pressing need to evangelize the world.

One of the primary evangelical precepts I’ve adopted is the urgency of spreading the gospel to all of humanity. My family and I have developed a strong heart for missions and I have served with my wife on and also chaired mission committees at two churches, and financially support three missionary families. Over the last several years my roles in ministry have included service as a Youth leader, AWANA leader, Sunday school teacher as well as teaching many ABF classes (Adult Bible Fellowship), which I especially enjoy. Since 2014, our family has attended Berrien Center Bible Church, a non-denominational (strongly evangelical) body of believers in Berrien Center, Michigan.

Professional Experience

  • Field Supervisor, Field School Instructor and Guide: Tall Jalul and Tall Hisban, Jordan, 2017
  • Research Associate, Institute of Archeology, Horn Archaeological Museum, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA, 2016-present
  • Karak Resources Project, Final Publication Staff Member, 2016–2017
  • Field Supervisor, Field School Instructor and Guide: Tall Jalul, Jordan, 2015
  • Administrative Director, Tall Hisban Cultural Heritage Project, Jordan, 2014–2017
  • Field Supervisor, Field School Instructor and Guide, Tall Hisban, Jordan, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
  • Adjunct Professor, Departments of Religion and Philosophy and Adult and Graduate Studies, Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana, USA, 2011–present
  • Field School Guide and Square supervisor, Tall Jalul, Jordan, 2011
  • Assistant Field supervisor and assistant Field School director, Tall Hisban, Jordan, 2010
  • Adjunct Professor and Guest Lecturer, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA, 2009–present
  • Square supervisor, Tall Jalul, Jordan, 2009, 2010
  • Volunteer, Excavations at Ramat Rahel, Israel, 2009
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA, 2009–2016
  • Graduate Assistant to ASOR Vice President of Committee on Archaeology Research and Policy, American Schools of Oriental Research, Boston Massachusetts, USA, 2008–2014
  • Volunteer, Excavations at Ketef Hinnom, Jerusalem, Israel, 1989

Professional Affiliations

  • American Schools of Oriental Research
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Biblical Archaeology Society

Personal Information

Married to Leslie, with five children: Shoshana, Rebekah, Devorah, Nathanael, and Daliyah.

Publications

“Tall Hisban: Seasons 2016 Excavation Season: Household Archaeology in the Medieval Village,” (with Bethany Walker and others). Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 63 (in press).

“Review of Unearthing the Wilderness: Studies on the History and Archaeology of the Negev and Edom in the Iron Age, by J. M. Tebes,” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, 377 (forthcoming).

“Review of Tell Qudadi: An Iron Age IIB Fortress on the Central Mediterranean Coast of Israel, by A. Fantalkin and O. Tal,” Andrews University Seminary Studies, 55 (in press).

“Review of The World around the Old Testament: The People and Places of the Ancient Near East, eds. B. T. Arnold and B. A. Strawn,” Reading Religion (submitted, forthcoming online).

“Review of Goliath’s Legacy: Philistines and Hebrews in Biblical Times, by L. Niesiolowkis-Spano,” Andrews University Seminary Studies, 55 (in press).

“Review of My People as Your People: A Textual and Archaeological Analysis of the Reign of Jehoshaphat, by Chris McKinny.” Reading Religion, December 12, 2016, http://readingreligion.org/books/my-people-your-people.

“Review of Yavneh II: The ‘Temple Hill’ Repository Pit, by R. Kletter, I. Ziffer, and W. Zwickel,” Andrews University Seminary Studies, 54 (2016): 386–89.

“Tall Hisban: Seasons 2013–2014: A Preliminary Report” (with Bethany Walker and others), Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 60 (in press).

“A Terracotta Figurine Fragment from Tall Hisban, Jordan,” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin 60 (2015): 27–33.

“Review of New Insights into the Iron Age Archaeology of Edom, Southern Jordan, by T. E. Levy; M. Najjar; and E. Ben-Yosef,” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin 60 (2015): 44–46.

“Review of Warfare in the Old Testament, by Boyd Seevers,” Andrews University Seminary Studies, 53 (2015): 404–7.

“Review of Biblical Lachish, by D. Ussishkin,” Andrews University Seminary Studies 53 (2015): 409–13.

“Tall Hisban 2011–2012: The Final Seasons of Phase II” (with Robert D. Bates and Øystein S. LaBianca), Andrews University Seminary Studies 52 (2014): 287–319.

“Review of Exploring the Narrative: Jerusalem and Jordan in the Bronze and Iron Ages. Papers in Honour of Margreet Steiner, ed. by E. van der Steen, J. Boertien, and N. Mulder-Hymans,” Andrews University Seminary Studies 52 (2014): 373–76.

“Tall Hisban 2011–12: A Preliminary Report” (with Robert D. Bates and Øystein S. LaBianca), Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 59 (in press).

“Hisban 2014,” Institute of Archaeology Horn Archaeological Museum Newsletter 35, no. 2 (Spring 2014): 1–2.

“An Ibex Seal and Seal Impression from Tall Hisban,” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin 58 (2013): 13–24.

“Review of The Philistines and Other ‘Sea Peoples’ in Text and Archaeology, ed. A. E. Killebrew and G. Lehmann,” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin 58 (2013): 45–47.

“Tell Hesban” (with Øystein S. LaBianca) in Vol. 2 of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Archaeology, ed. by D. M. Master. Oxford: Oxford University, 2013, 408–416.

“Field B: The Tall Hisban Iron Age Reservoir.” Presentation at the Jordan Field School on June 1, 2013, Madaba, Jordan.

“Hisban 2012” (with Øystein S. LaBianca and Maria Elena Ronza), Institute of Archaeology Horn Archaeological Museum Newsletter 33, no. 3 (Summer 2012): 1–2.

“Review of The Madaba Plains Project: Forty Years of Archaeological Research into Jordan’s Past, ed. by D. R. Clark, L. G. Herr, Ø. S. LaBianca and R. W. Younker,” Andrews University Seminary Studies 50, no. 1 (2012): 83–86.

“Review of ‘With My Many Chariots I Have Gone Up the Heights of the Mountains.’ Historical and Literary Studies on Ancient Mesopotamia and Israel, by H. Tadmor,” Andrews University Seminary Studies 50, no. 1 (2012): 124–28.

“Review of Tell es-Safi/Gath I: The 1996-2005 Season. 2 Volumes (Text and Plates), ed. by A. M. Maeir,” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin 57 (2012): 59–61.

“Review of The History and Archaeology of Jaffa 1, ed. by M. Peilstöcker and A. A. Burke,” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin 57 (2012): 57–59.

“The Water System at Tall Jalul.” Poster presentation (with Christie Goulart) on November 19, 2011, at the ASOR Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

“Review of Yavneh I: The Excavation of the Temple Hill Repository Pit and the Cult Stands, by R. Kletter, I. Ziffer, and W. Zwickel,” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin 56 (2011): 44–48.

“Review of The Book of Kings: Sources, Composition, Historiography and Reception, ed. by B. Halpern and A. Lemaire,” Andrews University Seminary Studies 49, no. 2 (2011): 378–84.

“Review of The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, by M. D. Coogan,” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin 56 (2011): 41–44.

“Review of Tradition and Transformation in the Book of Chronicles, by P. C. Beentjes,” Andrews University Seminary Studies 49, no. 2 (2011): 361–64.

“The LMLK Storage Jars and the Reign of Uzziah: Towards a Mid-Eighth Century B.C. Terminus a Quo for the Royal Jars of the Kingdom of Judah.” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin 55 (2010): 27–44.

“Review of Studies in Biblical Historiography and Geography: Collection of Studies, by Z. Kallai,” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin 55 (2010): 64–66.

“Review of Horvat ‘Uza and Horvat Radum: Two Fortresses in the Biblical Negev, by I. Beit-Arieh,” Andrews University Seminary Studies 48, no. 2 (2010): 313–17.

“Review of Exploring the Longue Durée: Essays in Honor of Lawrence E. Stager, ed. J. D. Schloen,” Andrews University Seminary Studies 48, no. 1 (2010): 143–46.

“Review of The Architecture of Herod the Great Builder, by E. Netzer,” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin 54 (2009): 39–40.

“Truth Shall Spring Forth from the Earth: The Birth of Jewish Archaeological Research in the Holy Land (1913-1948).” Shabbat Shalom: A Journal for Jewish-Christian Reconciliation 55, no. 3 (2008): 32–35.

“Review of Studying the Ancient Israelites, by V. Matthews,” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin 53 (2008): 57–58.

Papers

“The Transition from Iron Age IIA-IIB in Judah: A Historical and Chronological Proposal.” Paper read on February 12, 2017, at the Mid-West Regional Meeting (AOR, SBL, ASOR), South Bend, IN.

“The Tall Hisban Iron Age Reservoir and 1 Kings 4:19.” Paper read on March 27, 2015, at the Karak Resources Project Annual Conference. Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee.

“Assyrian Great Traditions in Ancient Ammon.” Paper read on October 7, 2014, at the Great and Little Traditions Workshop: An Appraisal of Robert Redfield’s “Great and Little Traditions” Framework for Theorizing Long-term Historical Processes in the Pre-Modern Levant on Imperial Power, sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.

“Imperial Assyrian Influence in Trans-Jordan: The Case of the Madaba Plains.” Paper read on November 24, 2013 at the SBL Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

“One Hundred ASOR Global History Stories.” Paper read (with Øystein S. LaBianca) on November 21, 2013, at the ASOR Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

“East Jordan in Global History: The View from Hisban and the Madaba Plains.” Paper read (with Øystein S. LaBianca) at the 12th International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan: Transparent Borders, Berlin, Germany on May 8, 2013. Planned publication forthcoming in the Studies in the History and Archaeology of Jordan series.

“East Jordan in Global History: The View from the Madaba Plains.” Paper read (with Øystein S. LaBianca, Douglas R. Clark, Larry G. Herr, Bethany Walker, and Randall W. Younker) at the 7th World Archaeological Conference, Amman, Jordan on January 14, 2013. Planned publication in the conference volume is promised.

“The Tall Hisban Cultural Heritage Project, Jordan. Report on Excavations and Restoration Work in 2011-2012.” Paper read (with Robert D. Bates and Øystein S. LaBianca) on November 16, 2012, at the ASOR Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

“The Tall Hisban Iron Age Reservoir: A New Interpretive Approach.” Paper read on September 27, 2012, for the Horn Archaeological Museum Lecture Series at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI.

“ASOR and Global History: Past, Present and Future.” Paper read (with Øystein S. LaBianca) on November 17, 2011, at the ASOR Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

“Judahite Expansion into Philistia During the Early Eighth Century BCE: What Is the Historical and Archaeological Evidence?” Paper read on March 7, 2010 at the Southeastern Regional (SECSOR) Meeting (AAR, SBL, ASOR), Atlanta, GA.

“The Royal LMLK Storage Jars and the Reign of Uzziah: Towards a Mid-Eighth Century B.C. Terminus a Quo for the Royal Stamped Jars of the Kingdom of Judah.” Paper read on November 20, 2009, at the ASOR Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

“The Royal LMLK Storage Jars and the Reign of Uzziah: Towards a Mid-Eighth Century B.C. Terminus a Quo for the Royal Stamped Jars of the Kingdom of Judah.” Paper read on February 13, 2009, at the Mid-West Regional Meeting (AAR, SBL, ASOR), Bourbonnais, IL.

“The Royal LMLK Storage Jars and the Reign of Uzziah: Towards a Mid-Eighth Century B.C. Terminus a Quo for the Royal Stamped Jars of the Kingdom of Judah.” Paper read on February 6, 2009, at the Seminary Scholarship Symposium, Andrews University.

“The Establishment of Jewish Archaeological Research in Palestine (1913–1948).” Paper read on February 16, 2008, at the Mid-West Regional Meeting (AAR, SBL, ASOR), Bourbonnais, IL.

“The Land Is Still Before Us: The Historical, Geographical and Archaeological Background of 2 Chronicles 14.” Paper read on May 6, 2006, at the Pacific North West Regional Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Spokane, WA.

“The Location of Biblical Beth-Hakerem.” Paper read on April 29, 2005, at the Pacific North West Regional Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Seattle, WA.

Courses Taught

Archaeology and Exploration of Bible Lands, Andrews University (Jordan Field School)

Archaeology and the Bible (graduate course), Andrews University (Jordan Field School)

Biblical Archaeology, Bethel College

Biblical Interpretation, Bethel College

Civilizations and Ideas I, Andrews University (Jordan Field School)

Civilizations and Ideas II, Andrews University (Jordan Field School)

Hebrew Exegesis, Bethel College

Historical Geography of the Holy Land, Andrews University (Jordan Field School)

Introduction to Anthropology (guest lecturer), Andrews University

Introduction to Archaeology, Andrews University (Jordan Field School)

Introduction to the Old Testament, Andrews University (Jordan Field School)

Islamic Culture and Society (graduate course), Andrews University (Jordan Field School)

Israel Field School Tour Guide, Andrews University

Israel: The People and the Land, Bethel College

Jordan Field School Tour Guide, Andrews University

Old Testament Book Study: Chronicles, Bethel College

Old Testament History (guest lecturer), Bethel College

Old Testament Introduction (guest lecturer), Andrews University

Old Testament Literature (online course), Bethel College

Old Testament Literature, Bethel College

Old Testament Pentateuch, Bethel College

Old Testament Poetic Books, Bethel College

Old Testament Theology (graduate course), Bethel College

Old Testament Writings (guest lecturer), Andrews University Theological Seminary

Seminar: Judges (graduate course), Bethel College

Studies in Bible Lands (graduate course), Bethel College

Studies in Biblical Lands, Bethel College (Summer Archaeological Study Tour)

Supervised Fieldwork in Archaeology, Andrews University (Jordan Field School)

Travels in Biblical Lands, Bethel College (Summer Archaeological Study Tour)

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