About

My name is Mike Heiser, and I’m a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (M.A., Ancient History) and the University of Wisconsin- Madison (M.A., Ph.D., Hebrew Bible and Semitic Studies). During the course of my graduate work, I had the pleasure of taking an assortment of ancient languages, such as Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, Syriac, Ugaritic, Phoenician, and Egyptian hieroglyphs. My academic expertise is divine beings (gods, angels, divine assembly/host of heaven) in ancient Israelite and Canaanite religions. Before accepting my present position working for a software company that produces ancient text databases and other digital resources for study of the ancient world, I taught theology, biblical studies, ancient languages, and World Civilizations for 12 years on the college level. My current position gives me immediate access to cutting-edge technology for the study of ancient texts and languages.

PaleoBabble readers may be familiar with me through my numerous guest appearances on talk radio, especially Coast to Coast AM. I’ve been fortunate to have been able to share my thoughts about a wide range of strange ideas relating to the ancient world: ancient astronaut theories, the Bible code, the Jesus tomb, and the DaVinci Code. My appearances on Coast to Coast AM and other shows also came about due to the popularity of a science fiction thriller I wrote while in graduate school called The Facade. The book deals with several of the topics I like to write about here.  The Facade was recently picked up by Kirkdale Press. You can find out more and grab a copy at FacadeTheBook.com.

60 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks Mike for the answers and for the form of address.
    You are a Doctor and I am not, so respect is due and earned in your case.

    Regards
    Ludwig

  2. Thanks for the nice (compliment?) comments. :-)
    Yes I have met a few graduates that cannot tell north from south (metaphor) LOL.

    Thank you for forwarding the link on the article regarding child labor in you Halloween post on harvesting cocoa plantations.

    Regards

  3. I received an PleoBabble email that supplied a link to a newspaper article regarding Halloween and African child labor being used to harvest the cocoa leaves. Did the email received from PleoBabble originate from an office staff member? I replied to that email directly via a return email message with a discussion regarding African issues as a “off topic” conversation which it now appears you might not have received? Are there perhaps office staff members that generate and receive emails from PleoBabble as well?

    Regards

  4. Hi Mike:
    I am an old retired Social Anthropologist. I want to thank for the scholarship you have done on this “Series”. I love the Paleobabble. Every semester I had to take time from my lectures to explain that von Däniken unbelieve “material” Many people wonder why this country is dumbing down its children, I think we have variable isolated. I wish I had a dollar for every person that asked me about this show. I told them it is not science, but entertainment for people who have no clue about what valid science inquiry is about.
    Thanks I now have a site to send them for enlightenment

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  5. Dear Dr Mike,
    Could you recommend some resources or videos that explore world ancient history related to a Biblical perspective. e.g. who built the pyramids? are they mentioned in the bible? What is the chronology of other great monolithic structures in the ancient world compared to the bible? Were the ancient Sumerians mentioned in the bible?
    Thanks
    Peter

    • If you are asking about books that deal with the intersection of ancient Israel and Egypt, I’d recommend the book by James Hoffmeier (it’s densely documented). But if you’re asking about what the Bible says about the pyramids or their constrution, the answer is “nothing.” The Sumerians are not specifically mentioned in the Bible, though of course the region is. The Bible was written long after the pyramids were built and after the decline of the Sumerian civilization (having given way to the Akkadians and Babylonians). For ancient chronology in general, I’d recommend Finegan’s handbook on that, and the ancient chronology forum archives on the internet.

  6. I’m a Christian, but since I focus only on what the biblical texts say (I am “creed apathetic”) I tend to make just about everyone uncomfortable on something, so the panoply of Christian labels don’t really work for me.

  7. Do you think Christian O’Brien did a honest translation in “The Genius of the Few?” His translation is so wildly different from Barton’s first attempt in 1918 it seems he may have taken some Sitchin style liberties.

    • I think it’s a wonderful book! I think it’s well written and O’Brien (in my opinion) presents what could be a a very good argument. I don’t know where you you get the the Sitchen analogy from?? O’Brien presents the Anunnaki as a group of survivors of a world wide calamity, either natural or man made and not as an ET Homo Genus race that visited here from Nibiru with rockets to mine gold. It appears to me that O’Brien has just extrapolated further on Barton’s earlier Kharsag translations. I believe the work of O’Brien is worthy of further mainstream and revisionist investigation.
      Cheers.

      • Surely any presentation of any mythical beings or gods, as men or aliens or whatever the case may be to suit their agenda, should be seen as Sichenesque?

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