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The book of Joshua records a ceremony of blessings and curses that the Israelites held on Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim shortly after their arrival in the promised land. According to Joshua 8:30, “Then Joshua built on Mount Ebal an altar to the Lord, the God of Israel.”


The El-Burnat (A) Structure(s): Joshua’s Altar? provides a thorough analysis of Joshua’s altar first by examining Mount Ebal and altars in the Bible and then by analyzing biblical references to Joshua’s Mount Ebal altar to determine the exact biblical specifications for that altar. It then discusses the surveys and archaeological work that have taken place on Mount Ebal and specifically at one site on the mountain, el-Burnat (A). Adam Zertal, who excavated at the site, claimed to have found Joshua’s altar. This review of the corresponding evidence seems to confirm that one of the structures at the site does indeed qualify as Joshua’s altar on Mount Ebal.


Author Abigail Leavitt is a PhD student at Ariel University, where she is studying archaeology. She has a Master’s degree in Biblical History and Archaeology from The Bible Seminary and serves as Assistant Director of Excavations at Tel Shiloh. She has served as Objects Registrar and Square Supervisor at both Tel Shiloh and Khirbet el Maqatir, as Assistant Director of the Mount Ebal Dump Salvage project, and participated in the Mount Zion excavation in Jerusalem, the Temple Mount Sifting Project, the Khirbet ‘Auja el-Foqa excavation, and the Fazael excavations. She also serves as a team member on the Manasseh Hill Country Survey.




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Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States and around the world. Many people either personally know or know of an individual with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These individuals and their families often face overwhelming daily challenges which can cause tremendously crippling emotional, financial, physical, and social burdens.


The Presence of God in Autism is a Bible study guide written by a mom of a child with autism as a resource for ASD families, particularly moms and those who wish to minister to them. Each chapter explores a verse or short passage of Scripture, offers personal applications related to the ASD journey, aims to help address some common feelings of isolation, and seeks to point to Jesus Christ and the assurance of His constant presence in this turbulent but beautiful life journey.


Author Krystyna Cawthorne was born and raised in the U.K. and transferred to the U.S. with her husband, Peter, in 1996. Married for 38 years, they have two grown children, Natalie and Marcus. She recently completed a Master of Arts in Theology and Church History at The Bible Seminary and leads a Bible study group for moms with special needs kids.


Managing Editor K. Lynn Lewis is a creative entrepreneur with a diverse professional background in business, education, and ministry. He is an author, producer, and publisher who serves as President of The Bible Seminary and is the Founder and President of InspireUSA: Celebrating the Best of America®.


The book incorporates an article about Krystyna written by Karen Coolidge, a women's ministry leader with a background in marketing who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Texas A&M and a Master of Divinity from The Bible Seminary.

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The first Nehemiah Press publication, Joshua, Judges, and Jesus - A Walk Through Biblical History Guidebook, is now available for purchase in print or as a digital download. The 56-page guidebook includes full-color photos and descriptions of the 170 artifacts excavated from the land of the Bible and displayed in the 3J Museum on The Bible Seminary (TBS) campus, as well as articles about fascinating archaeological excavations and information about TBS.


Author Scott Stripling is an archaeologist who serves as the 3J Museum Director, Director of the Archaeological Studies Institute, Shiloh Director of Excavations, and a TBS Provost and Vice-President of Donor Relations.


Co-author Jordan McClinton serves as the 3J Museum Co-Director, Shiloh Square Supervisor, and is TBS Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology student scheduled to graduate in 2022.

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