About Approaching Jerusalem

Approaching Jerusalem is for everyone, like myself, who has spent time in Jerusalem and left wanting more. This newsletter aims to be a trove of accessible writing about the ancient and living city, including its geographical setting, history, exploration, archaeology and excavation history, architecture, peoples, and more. Articles on this platform aim to be both an extension of the modern quest to understand ancient Jerusalem and a reflection on how the drive to exert control over its past has influenced the city we experience today.

The title, Approaching Jerusalem, is an epistemological encouragement to consider how we aught to think about such a city, as well as a reminder that, no matter our expertise or experience, Jerusalem can never be fully mastered. On the other hand, regardless of our entry point into the study of Jerusalem, a city so rich always has more with which to imbue, captivate, and enliven. There is enough for each of us to find our own rootedness and sense of belonging in such a storied and wonderful place.

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 that overlap 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. Chandler 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 lived, studied, and worked in the historic basin of Jerusalem for more than five years. In his newsletter Approaching Jerusalem, he explores Jerusalem's historic past and its intersection with the living city.