Category Archives: Study Leave

Study Leave—Week Twelve

This week marks the official end of my study leave, although I will be in Israel for another three weeks and then returning to Australia via St Andrews in Scotland. Much of this past week has been spent of the … Continue reading

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Study Leave—Week Eleven

This has been the second last week of my period of study leave. It has been a time for drawing together some of the loose ends, and a time when the mind naturally begins to think about what lies just … Continue reading

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Study Leave—Week Ten

After two weeks of annual leave—during which time I was travelling in Ireland, France and Germany—I have now been back in Israel for a week, and have resumed my study leave program. The weather has now turned much warmer, with … Continue reading

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Study Leave—Week Nine

Nine weeks have now passed since I arrived in Israel for my study leave, and Easter is here again as the Eastern rite Christians celebrate Easter. That liturgical cycle began for me with an Easter play performed by some of … Continue reading

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Study Leave—Week Eight

This week began with some unseasonal rain, including thunder and lightning through much of Saturday here in Tiberias. The drop in temperatures was enough to send me searching for the ancient electric radiator, much to the delight of Fifi, my … Continue reading

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Study Leave—Week Seven

The past week has been dominated by writing, but I guess that is one of the reasons for study leave? What began as a short section about Nazareth in a chapter of my new book, has drawn me into some … Continue reading

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Study Leave—Week Six

The past week has been a delightful mix of experiences. The week began and ended with new chapters being completed. This means that half of the new book now exists in draft form, and I have some growing sets of … Continue reading

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Study Leave—Week Five

This has been a quieter week in some ways, but quite a productive one as well. The weekend part of the week saw an overlap between the Western Easter and the final days of the Pesach holidays. The country seemed … Continue reading

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The myth of final security

Jesus may have seemed not much more than an irritation to the Roman rulers. How wrong they were. Just yesterday I was walking through the impressive ruins of a 13C fortress high on a mountain near the Israel/Lebanon border. More … Continue reading

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Study Leave — Week Four

It is hard to believe, but already I have been in Israel four weeks. That time has certainly gone by very quickly. I guess one of the indicators that this has indeed been the case is my growing familiarity with … Continue reading

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