About Approaching Jerusalem

Approaching Jerusalem aims to be a trove of accessible writing about ancient and living Jerusalem, including its geographical setting, early exploration, archaeological excavations, architecture, history, people, and more. This newsletter is both an extension of the modern quest to uncover ancient Jerusalem and a self-reflection of how the drive to study Jerusalem has influenced the city we experience today. Original photography is featured throughout. Read more about Approaching Jerusalem here.

About Chandler

Chandler lived, studied, and worked in the historic basin of Jerusalem for more than five years. His research and explorations have taken him to unfrequented corners of the city. He returns to the Holy Land several times a year to teach student groups.

Chandler is a Ph.D. candidate in Hebrew Bible at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. He holds two M.A. degrees in the fields of Semitic languages, Hebrew Bible, and archaeology from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. He is a faculty member and the former Dean of Administration at Jerusalem University College. He is also a member of ARCH Jerusalem, an NGO devoted to preserving at-risk cultural heritage in Jerusalem. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his family.


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Chandler Collins
PhD student, Bar Ilan University; Faculty and former Dean, Jerusalem University College