HISTORY AND LEGACY
The establishment of the Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum at Southern Adventist University continues the long tradition of emphasis in Near Eastern archaeological research by the Seventh-day Adventist church. Over the last 30 years, Seventh-day Adventist educational institutions have been recognized for their excellence in archaeological research, excavation, and publication. One scholar asserts that Seventh-day Adventist–sponsored excavations have been “a model of interdisciplinary research.” Yet another scholar believes that these excavations have “become one of the most sophisticated and truly interdisciplinary of all American archaeological excavations in the Middle East.” Many factors have contributed to this long-standing interest in Near Eastern Archaeology, but perhaps the most significant is the intellectual legacy of key individuals whose vision captured the potential contributions Near Eastern Archaeology would have to offer to our understanding of the biblical text. One such important individual was Lynn H. Wood, PhD.