Thideology Research Team: Case File 008

GEZER, Israel — The Thideology Research Team has announced that an archeological team from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has uncovered a natural cave at the end of a Canaanite water system in Israel, a discovery that could potentially provide valuable insight into Old Testament culture.

The story originally was reported in the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention, and not by the Thideology Research Team.

“That’s only because we didn’t know anything about it,” said a spokesman for the Thideology Research Team. “If we had known about it I feel certain we would have said something earlier.”

The spokesman went on to explain that the Thideology Research Team was otherwise engaged in “important matters.”

“Our coffee maker was on the blink,” he said.

The Gezer Water System Expedition, which is about 20 miles west of Jerusalem, is a joint project of NOBTS and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

“The research at Gezer is important to Baptists because of our commitment to understand the Bible within its historical context,” said Dan Warner, associate professor of Old Testament and archaeology at NOBTS.

The Thideology Research Team was not invited to participate.

“Which is just as well,” said the Team spokesman. “Since we had that whole coffee maker situation to deal with.”

The Thideology Research Team can confirm that the coffee maker has since been replaced.


About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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