September 5, 2013
Greeting from the Judean Hills!
IBEX Fall 2013 is well underway! Our new group of students arrived just two weeks ago and they are already settling into the routine. Classes are in full swing and students are busy with reading and homework. Most evenings you will find our dedicated students hard at work in the library. When students are not in classes, they are traveling around the land of Israel learning about the history and culture. We’ve already spent four full days in Jerusalem reading and learning about the importance God placed upon this city.
Shalom from Israel,
March 24, 2011
Shalom IBEX students, parents, family and friends,
As you most likely know, yesterday there was a terror attack at a bus stand near the central bus station in Jerusalem. Although Jerusalem hasn’t had this type of terror for a few years, unfortunately this is not the first time such acts have been perpetrated, and it is unlikely that it will be the last time. Because these attacks have historically been limited to buses and restaurants in West Jerusalem, IBEX students are not allowed to travel on city buses or visit restaurants in West Jerusalem. This policy is in effect indefinitely, and may be for the rest of the semester. (By the way, this is not the first time IBEX has had this policy.)
Right now we must “wait and see” if further attacks are soon forth-coming. It may be a good sign that so far none of the major Muslim elements have claimed responsibility for this attack – i.e., it appears they don’t want an escalation in violence at this time. However, sometimes these attacks have been committed in waves, so we’ll wait and see, and pray.
Please understand that such attacks are not a threat to the regular happenings of the IBEX program, including our lives here at Yad HaShmonah or on our field studies.
Bill Schlegel and Benj Foreman
January 18, 2011 – Moshav Update
Although it’s quiet here on the moshav when all you IBEXers leave, moshav-life goes on. The moshav continues to develop and expand. Here are a few of the recent developments.
|More recent IBEXers will recognize this building, but if you haven’t been here in several years, you haven’t seen it yet. This is the new Home for Bible Translators. The building is situated just behind the “moadon,” or on the left before you go up the hill when you come into the moshav (notice the chapel tent on the far right). The HBT has an important ministry: they “train national translators in the language and the Land of the Bible so that they are better equipped to produce more accurate and natural translations.” You can learn more about their ministry here. We’re happy they’ve moved to the moshav!|
To the delight of all the moshav kids, the playground was installed last April--although to be honest, I don’t know if it was the parents or their children who were more happy when the truck loaded with the slides and swings pulled into the moshav.
If you haven’t had a tour of the moshav for several years, then note also the basketball/soccer court behind the slides. It’s a great court--we’ve certainly been getting our use out of it.
This should make the FA10 IBEXers jealous: a brand new volley ball net (you should have seen the previous “net”)! Okay, so it’s not a huge addition, but hey, this is Israel––we’re thankful for even the small pleasures in life!
Anyone with work study interested in working in the library? Some overly-paid person in some government office somewhere decided that we should get a sprinkler system installed in our library. So for nearly three weeks, our library was just shy of a closed construction zone (okay, I’m exaggerating a little). In any case, the workers did succeed in making a major mess.
Let’s hope they installed the system properly. I don’t want to think about the damage those sprinklers would do to our books (some of which are nearly 200 years old) if they randomly started to squirt!
Anyone recognize this? Although the FA10 IBEXers may not believe it (it was dry and hot their entire semester), winter does show its face from time to time in Israel. A strong wind came the week after the FA10 students left and shredded our chapel tent. At least it cuts down on air conditioning costs!
Well, that’s the latest news here on the moshav. Life has been quiet and peaceful. There are many things to be thankful for; two that come to mind are the rain (Israel is in a severe drought) and the safe return of the Schlegels. We’re looking forward to another great semester here in Israel, and we hope to see you again sometime here on the moshav.
Summer Update – August 15, 2010
The IBEX faculty have been busy this summer! Here’s a short summary on what we’ve all been doing recently:
The McKinnys have had a busy summer. After participating in the maiden excavation season of Tel Burna, Chris returned to his registrar duties at the Tell es-Safi/Gath expedition for the month of July. Mindy has had her work cut out for her editing the final photos from the Tel Burna excavation (click here for slideshow). Once the excavations finished, Chris’ brothers came for a travel-packed, fun-filled two-week visit/tour of the Land, which was accomplished in the smallest car ever built.
Mindy, Chris, and his brothers at Makhtesh Ramon.
The infamous car…
…and what about Becky? She has been busy working at the hospital, caring for family, and running the farm. An official update from her will soon follow. Stay tuned!
June 24, 2010 – The Schlegels will be on a six-month sabbatical, July-December. They plan to be most of that time in the Minneapolis area. It will be the longest time that Bill has been in the States since 1984. Chris and Mindy McKinny will join the IBEX faculty in the Schlegel’s absence. Both Chris and Mindy are IBEX alumni. Chris is currently finishing an M.A. thesis at Jerusalem University College on the reign of King Jehoshaphat. He is scheduled to teach The History of Ancient Israel and Old Testament Period Archaeology at IBEX in Fall 2010. Other Fall 2010 courses include: Benj Foreman: The Land and the Bible, and Biblical Hebrew. Ariel Berkowitz: Jewish Thought and Culture. Ephraim Goldstein: History of the Modern State of Israel. Looking forward to another great semester in the Land of Israel!
May 29, 2010 – It’s been a busy May at IBEX. Four groups have been touring the Land. Dr. Greg Behle has been teaching the Dallas Seminary group; Dr. Mike Grisanti - The Master’s Seminary group; Nate Foreman – Eternity Bible College group; and, Dr. Will Varner – Sojourners group from Grace Church. We also were blessed by visits from longtime IBEX associates Dr. Doug Bookman and Randy Cook, both leading groups in the land. Separate from IBEX (but they are our good friends) a group from the Associates for Biblical Research, directed by Dr. Bryant Wood, is staying at the moshav while excavating at Hirbet el-Maqatir, candidate for biblical Ai. Dr. Eugene Merrill of Dallas Seminary is also here with that group.
January 14, 2010 – IBEX Spring 2010 arrives in a few days, all 42 of them. Since Becky’s mom has recovered, she will return with the students—we’ll sure be glad to have her back here in Israel. We’re looking forward to another great semester!
September 22, 2009 – Cooks, Bolens and Becky Bange Update
The Bolen Family
|Todd Bolen is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Biblical Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. His studies and exams encompass the entire Bible, and his dissertation research will be focused on Israelite-Aramean relations during the reign of King Jehu. Todd has recently released a new collection of photographs at www.bibleplaces.com. The four children are now all in school, and they are enjoying benefits of “American life,” including soccer practice and swimming lessons. Kelli keeps everyone and everything moving, while also serving the church and involved in a women’s Bible study.|