Michael Hasel, PhD

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

Office Phone:  423.236.2986

Email:  mhasel@southern.edu

michael hasel

Michael G. Hasel has taught Near Eastern studies, biblical 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.

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.

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

Hasel is a fellow of the Institute for Biblical Research and serves on the board of the American Schools of Oriental Research.  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:

  • PhD – The University of Arizona
  • MA – The University of Arizona
  • MA – Andrews University
  • BA – Andrews University

Professional Memberships: 

  • American Oriental Society
  • American Schools of Oriental Research
  • Archaeological Institute of America
  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • International Association of Egyptologists
  • Israel Exploration Society
  • National Geograghic Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Tennessee Association of Museums

Undergraduate Classes Professor Hasel Teaches:

  • Archaeological Method and Theory
  • Archaeology and the Old Testament
  • Archaeology and the New Testament
  • Archaeological Fieldwork
  • David, Solomon and the Archaeology of State Formation
  • Exodus, Egyptian Warfare, and Archaeology
  • Hebrew I and II
  • Levantine Ceramic Typology
  • Middle East Study Tour
  • Museum Education
  • Old Testament Studies I and II
  • Archaeological Method and Theory 

Graduate Classes Professor Hasel Teaches:

  • Archaeological Fieldwork
  • Archaeology and Bible Interpretation
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Middle East Study Tour
  • Research Methods

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.

Hasel is also the author of articles and book reviews appearing in Andrews University Seminary StudiesBulletin of Biblical Research, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental ResearchGöttingen Miszellen, Israel Exploration JournalJournal of Ancient Egyptian InterconnectionsJournal of Egyptian ArchaeologyQadmoniotStrata: Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological SocietyTheologika, and Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, as well as a contributor to Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible and The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible.