Let’s start off with the fact that I’m not a “professional ufologist,” just someone who’s interested in the truth and how my own areas of expertise might dovetail with a serious treatment of the phenomenon. 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.
While my academic credentials are in ancient texts and religion, I’ve always been interested in the paranormal, especially the UFO question. Since 2001 I’ve been fortunate to be on the inside of ufology as an “open to being convinced” researcher and observer. (A description that’s still appropriate). My background has allowed me to evaluate the claims of UFO researchers as they relate to UFOs, religion, and ancient texts. I’ve shared my opinions many times on shows like Coast to Coast AM. I also always get asked what I think of the work of people like Zecharia Sitchin. Other than answering “not much,” you can visit the website www.sitchiniswrong.com or my other blog, PaleoBabble (see the blogroll) for my responses to him, other aspects of the ancient astronaut theory, and other weird ideas about the ancient world.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you handle the plural pronouns in Gen 1:26 (“Let us create humankind in our image…”)? Doesn’t that verse show we were made by aliens like von Daniken and Sitchin insist?
In your opinion, what are the best (i.e., most credible) websites and blogs for UFO research? Besides your own blog, UFO Religions, of course)