Archaeology Faculty and Staff

Michael Hasel

Michael G. Hasel, Ph.D.

Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
Director, Institute of Archaeology
Curator, Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum
Co-Director, The Fourth Expedition to Lachish

Contact Information:
Office Location: 121 Hackman Hall, Southern Adventist University
Office Phone: 423.236.2986

Dr. Michael G. Hasel has taught Near Eastern studies, and archaeology at Southern since 1998. In the 1995-96 academic year, he was the Samuel H. Kress Fellow at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. In 2005 he served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Cyprus-American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) in Nicosia, Cyprus, funded by the U.S. Department of State. He is a named fellow of the Institute for Biblical Research.

The Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum was inaugurated on the campus of Southern Adventist University in 2004. As curator of the museum, Hasel was responsible for planning and displaying art and objects from the ancient Near East in a state-of-the-art exhibit entitled “Vessels in Time: A Journey Into the Biblical World.” The museum has won several awards from the Tennessee Association of Museums.

Dr. Hasel has participated and served in administrative capacities on ten different excavation projects in the Middle East, including Gezer, Ashkelon, Dor, Miqne-Ekron, Masada, Hazor, and Khirbet Qeiyafa in Israel; and at Idalion, Cyprus, and Jalul in Jordan. Recently, the Institute of Archaeology at Southern Adventist University co-sponsored Fourth Expedition to Lachish with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Hasel served as Co-Director of the Lachish excavations.

He is married to Giselle Sarli Hasel, a professor of art history in the School of Visual Art and Design at Southern. Together they have two children, Daniella and Sarah, who enjoy traveling with their parents whenever possible.

Education and Degrees:
  • Ph.D. – The University of Arizona, Near Eastern Studies and Anthropology
  • MA – The University of Arizona, Near Eastern Studies and Anthropology
  • MA – Andrews University, Archaeology and History of Antiquity, Old Testament
  • BA – Andrews University, Religion, German Languages and Literature, Anthropology
Professional Memberships:
  • American Oriental Society
  • American Schools of Oriental Research
  • Archaeological Institute of America
  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • Israel Exploration Society
  • National Geograghic Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Tennessee Association of Museums
Undergraduate Classes Dr. Hasel Teaches:
  • Old Testament Studies I and II
  • Hebrew I and II
  • Archaeology and the Old Testament
  • Archaeology and the New Testament
  • Themes in Exodus, Egyptian Warfare, and Archaeology
  • David, Solomon and the Archaeology of State Formation
  • Middle East Study Tour
  • Museum Education
  • Levantine Ceramic Typology
  • Archaeological Fieldwork
  • Archaeological Method and Theory
Graduate Classes Dr. Hasel Teaches:
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Research Methods
  • Middle East Study Tour
  • Archaeology and Bible Interpretation
  • Archaeological Fieldwork

Dr. Hasel has lectured widely, speaking on university campuses and at international symposia, professional meetings, and church meetings throughout North America, South America, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.


Books include:

  • Domination and Resistance: Egyptian Military Activity in the Southern Levant, 1300-1185 B.C. (Brill, 1998).
  • Military Practice and Polemic: Israel's Laws of Warfare in Near Eastern Perspective (Andrews University Press, 2005).
  • The Name Equation: Eastern Mediterranean People, Places, and Polities During the Egyptian New Kingdom, in progress.

Dr. Hasel is also the author of articles and book reviews appearing in Andrews University Seminary Studies, Bulletin of Biblical Research, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Göttingen Miszellen, Israel Exploration Journal, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, Qadmoniot, Radiocarbon, Strata: Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society, Theologika, and Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft. As well as a contributor to The Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, and The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Archaeology

Martin Klingbeil

Martin G. Klingbeil, D. Litt.

Professor of Biblical Studies and Archaeology
Associate Director, Institute of Archaeology
Co-Director, The Fourth Expedition to Lachish

Contact Information:
Office Location: 113 Hackman Hall
Office Phone: 423.236.2983

Dr. Martin G. Klingbeil grew up in Southern Germany and studied theology at Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen, Austria, and Helderberg College, South Africa. He continued with graduate studies at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, completing a BA Honours and MA in Semitic Languages, as well as a D.Litt. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies.

He joined the faculty in the School of Religion in January, 2011 after serving as vice president of academic administration at Helderberg College in South Africa. Before coming to Southern Adventist University, he served for more than 16 years as professor and administrator in various countries, including the Ivory Coast, Bolivia, Argentina, and South Africa.

Dr. Klingbeil is a student of Othmar Keel and an expert in iconography and ancient Near Eastern seals. He has published, Yahweh Fighting From Heaven: God as Warrior and as God of Heaven in the Hebrew Psalter and Ancient Near Eastern Iconography (OBO 169) and is in the process of editing the final excavation reports for Khirbet Qeiyafa (three volumes). He has authored scholarly articles in professional journals, dictionaries, and encyclopedias. A list of publications is available here.

Dr. Klingbeil is a member of a number of academic societies, is a named fellow of the Institute for Biblical Research. His research interest is in the area of metaphorical language in the Hebrew Bible and its relationship with iconographic sources from the Ancient Near East. He has excavated sites in Jordan and Israel.

Education and Degrees:
  • D.Litt. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies - Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • MA in Semitic Languages and Cultures - Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • BA Honours in Semitic Languages and Cultures - Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • BA in Theology - Andrews University
Professional Memberships:
  • Adventist Theological Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • American Schools of Oriental Research
Undergraduate Classes Dr. Klingbeil Teaches:
  • Biblical Hebrew I and II
  • Intermediate Hebrew
  • Introduction to Biblical Exegesis
  • Old Testament Studies II
  • Topics in Biblical Studies: Seeing God through the Psalms
  • Biblical Imagery and the Archaeology of Near Eastern Images
Graduate Classes Dr. Klingbeil Teaches:
  • Studies in Daniel
  • Archaeology and Biblical Interpretation
  • Archaeological Fieldwork
Daniel Perez

Daniel M. Perez, MA, RPA

Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum Coordinator

Contact Information:
Office Location: 123A Hackman Hall
Office Phone: 423.236.2027

Daniel Perez became Museum Coordinator for the Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum in Fall 2013. Prior to his appointment within the Institute of Archaeology, he worked in various capacities within the field of archaeology at sites in Israel, Uzbekistan, and the United States.

In Israel, he has participated in the archaeological excavations at Tel Hazor in 2007. From 2009 to 2011, he served in the excavations for the Khirbet Qeiyafa Archaeological Project as well as a field survey at Khirbet Shuweikah. Aside from Israel, he participated in an excavation project in southern Uzbekistan through the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University.

In the United States, Daniel worked at several prehistoric Native American sites in Arizona. Prior to joining the Institute of Archaeology at Southern, Daniel worked for a cultural resource management firm in southern California working at paleontological as well as prehistoric and historic period archaeological sites.

Most recently, Daniel participated in the excavations for The Fourth Expedition to Lachish, Israel as an archaeological surveyor.

  • Managing daily operations of the Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum
  • Developing and supervising plans and designs in the Museum's exhibit productions
  • Marketing and promoting museum-sponsored lectures, initiatives, and related events
  • Developing public education programs and publications
  • Coordinating group tours of the Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum
  • MA – Anthropology-Archaeology, Northern Arizona University
  • BS – Anthropology, Cultural Resource Management, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Professional Memberships:
  • American Schools of Oriental Research
  • Register of Professional Archaeologists
  • Society for American Archaeology
Susan Brown

Susan Brown

Graduate Program Coordinator
Lynn H. Wood Archaeology Museum Docent Coordinator

Contact Information:
Office Location: 111 Hackman Hall
Office Phone: 423.236.2977

Susan Brown began working for Southern in 1976 at the College Press. After several assignments with other university industries, she was called to be administrative assistant to the vice president for admissions in 1989. After serving at that post for 13 years, Susan came to work in the School of Religion in 2002.

  • BA – Religious Studies, Southern Adventist University