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Meet Ralph Hawkins

Dr. Ralph K. Hawkins is a professor of Religion and the Director of the program in Religion at Averett University, in Danville, Virginia. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the School of Theology at the University of the South, in Sewanee, TN, and a Ph.D. in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology from Andrews University. He has been involved in archaeological fieldwork since 1995, and has been on staff at Tall Jalul and Khirbet ‘Ataruz, both in Jordan. In 2015, he co-founded, with Dr. David Ben-Shlomo, the Jordan Valley Excavation Project, which is conducting ongoing excavations in the region.

In addition to numerous articles and reviews in Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern archaeology, he has published Joshua (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2018), How Israel became a People (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2013), and The Iron Age I Structure on Mt. Ebal: Excavation and Interpretation (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2012). An ordained minister, Hawkins has also written pastoral books, including While I Was Praying: Finding Insights about God in Old Testament Prayers (Smyth & Helwys, 2006), and Leadership Lessons: Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2013). He and his wife, Cathy, have three daughters, Hannah, Sarah, and Mary, and a son, Adam.