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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

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. Currently the Institute of Archaeology at Southern Adventist University is a co-sponsor of the Fourth Expedition to Lachish with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Hasel serves 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
  • M.A. – The University of Arizona, Near Eastern Studies and Anthropology
  • M.A. – Andrews University, Archaeology and History of Antiquity, Old Testament
  • B.A. – 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 StudiesBulletin of Biblical Research, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Göttingen Miszellen, Israel Exploration Journal, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, Qadmoniot, RadiocarbonStrata: 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