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Dr. Bryant G. Wood

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Biblical Research

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Employment History

Nuclear Engineer

General Electric Company

Visiting Professor In the Department of Near Eastern Studies

University of Toronto

Adjunct Professor

Biblical Theological Seminary

Archaeology Review Conservative Biblical Archaeologist

The Biblical Chronologist


West Acres Baptist Church


Board Member
D&E Jazzd

Board Member
The Near East Archaeological Society

Institute for Biblical Research


Syracuse University


mechanical engineering

University of Toronto

M.A. degree

Biblical History

University of Michigan


mechanical engineering

University of Toronto

M.S. degree

mechanical engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ph.D. degree

Syro-Palestinian archaeology

University of Toronto



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Archaeology and the Bible • ChristianAnswers.Net [cached]

-Dr. Bryant C. Wood, archaeologist, Associates for Biblical Research

What is the most important archaeological work currently going on in terms of evidence for the truth of God's Word?
At Tell el-Dab'a, ancient Ramesses, the eastern delta of Egypt, evidence is being recovered that relates to the Sojourn and Exodus-Events in Israelite history largely written off as legend by today's critical scholars. -Dr. Bryant C. Wood, archaeologist, Associates for Biblical Research

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These are a few examples to show it has been cited a number of times in many scholarly works -- all the sources that cite it can be found here in Google Scholar,5&hl=en --- the author of the paper in question is Bryant Wood who has a PhD in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology and was the excavation director for the ancient site Khirbet el-Maqatir, which is a site that is part of the main discussion in the source that I'm asking evaluation for. In other words, the author of the paper is a PhD in the field, the paper is peer-reviewed and published into a respected archaeological and academic journal, and it has been cited many times in scholarly material. I think this easily qualifies WP:IRS. Any thoughts on agreeing or disagreeing?Korvex (talk) 04:16, 28 January 2017 (UTC)

The edit itself, which Korvex doesn't challenge, is "although most archaeologists support the identification of Ai with et-Tell, there is some disagreement. Bryant Wood has identified it with Khirbet el-Maqatir but this has not gained acceptance.[1][2]" The paper in question, by Creationist archaeologist Bryant Wood, is in fact cited in those two sources. He wants to add a link to the literalist website with which Wood is associated, containing a copy of the paper. Wood was indeed excavation director of a dig funded and organised by the biblical literalist grolup Associates for Biblical Research[42] where Wood is its research director. I'd say that in this article and similar ones we should never use Wood on his own.
The site occupies about 2.5 to 3 acres, but the Late Bronze Age settlement may be slightly smaller (Kennedy 2011: 17; Wood 2008: 230)."
The second citation is from "Wood 2008: 230" -- Bryant Wood's only publication in 2008 with a 230th page that talks about Khirbet el-Maqatir is in fact 'The Search for Joshua's Ai' by Bryant Wood, the very source in question for reliability.
As for the 'creationism' Doug talks about -- I've already been over this with Doug and that is absolutely irrelevant as creationism has nothing to do with the source at hand, and the fact that Wood believes in creationism is just about as relevant to this issue as Newton's belief in alchemy is with the reliability of his work on gravity.
Wood is in fact a PhD archaeologist with a good amount of published work in the field and the excavation director of Khirbet el-Maqatir. Just imagine if an Atheist academic was barred from publishing in a peer-reviewed journal because he believes the universe randomly arose, there would be an outcry and accusations of bigotry all over the place, rightfully so.
Guillaume does indeed cite Wood, for one sentence: "Maybe ancient Bethel was sited elsewhere, at el-Bireh rather than Beitin, and Beitin was Beth-Aven" (p227).

Associates For Biblical Research - All posts tagged 'kenyon' [cached]

Secrets of the Bible: The Fall of Jericho with Dr. Bryant Wood 3/19/2015 - by Bryant G. Wood PhD

Secrets of the Bible: The Fall of Jericho with Dr. Bryant Wood 3/19/2015 - by Bryant G. Wood PhD
Archaeologist Dr. Bryant Wood believes the physical evidence indicates the biblical account is true.
Here in Part Three, biblical archaeologist Dr. Bryant Wood and members of the ABR staff finish their discussion of the archaeological findings at Jericho that relate to the conquest of the Canaanite city by the Israelites.
Here in Part Two, biblical archaeologist Dr. Bryant Wood and members of the ABR staff discuss the archaeological findings at Jericho that relate to the conquest of the Canaanite city by the Israelites.
Biblical archaeologist Dr. Bryant Wood and members of the ABR staff discuss the archaeological findings at Jericho that relate to the conquest of the Canaanite city by the Israelites.
Dating Jericho's Destruction: Bienkowski is Wrong on All Counts 3/28/2012 - by Bryant G. Wood PhD
In 1990, Dr. Bryant Wood published his well known article in Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) on the destruction of Jericho and its correlation with the Biblical account. In the Sep./Oct. 1990 issue of BAR, Piotr Bienkowski wrote an article disputing Dr. Wood's conclusions.
The following article engages with Bienkowski's criticisms, providing the reader with an in-depth analysis of some of the work done at Jericho, and demonstrating Dr. Wood's expertise and thorough familiarity with the evidence. This article provides some additional data not published in Dr. Wood's first BAR article, thus adding to the mountain of evidence demonstrating that Jericho was destroyed around 1400 B.C., the same time the Bible records that the events of Joshua 3-6 took place.
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Researching Jericho 4/22/2010 - by Bryant G. Wood PhD
This DVD extensively features Dr. Bryant Wood on the ground in Israel at the site of Jericho. The evidence from Jericho is presented, the basics of archaeology are explained, and the history of excavations at Jericho are also outlined.
The Walls of Jericho 6/9/2008 - by Bryant G. Wood PhD
A New Look at the Archaeological Evidence 5/1/2008 - by Bryant G. Wood PhD
From Ramesses to Shiloh: Archaeological Discoveries Bearing on the Exodus-Judges Period 4/2/2008 - by Bryant G. Wood PhD
Attempts to correlate the findings of archaeology with the biblical record for the period under review have seemingly met with insurmountable ob­stacles. Much of the scholarly community today has despaired of making any valid connections and has dismissed biblical history prior to the king­dom period as nothing more than myth and legend...
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Let the Evidence Speak 3/28/2007 - by Bryant G. Wood PhD

Staff - Associates for Biblical Research [cached]

His academic interest was sparked by an intensive course offered by Lancaster Bible College and taught by Dr. Bryant Wood on New Testament Archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Bryant Wood
Bryant Wood
Bryant Wood attended Syracuse University on an athletic scholarship, graduating with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. While at S.U., Wood participated in cross-country and track, setting school records in the 880-yard and mile events and serving as captain of both the cross-country and track teams in his senior year. He was also named Siekaly Scholar for outstanding athletic and academic achievement, was inducted into Pi Tau Sigma, a mechanical engineering honorary society, and was president of the Engineering Student Council.
Wood then worked for the General Electric Company in Schenectady NY. His employment with G.E. was interrupted by a two-year term of service as a lieutenant in the Army Security Agency. During this time he was a member of the U.S. inter-service cross-country team, participating in international competition in Europe, and the All-Army track team. While with G.E., Wood held various positions at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory related to the design, fabrication and testing of nuclear reactors, and earned a M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy NY.
In 1973 he left G.E. to pursue Biblical and archaeological studies. He earned a M.A. degree in Biblical History from the University of Michigan in 1974, and a Ph.D. degree in Syro-Palestinian archaeology from the University of Toronto in 1985. In 1989-90, Dr. Wood was visiting professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Toronto. In addition, he has served as adjunct professor at Biblical Theological Seminary, Hatfield PA; Evangelical School of Theology, Myerstown PA; Faith Theological Seminary, Los Angeles; Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster PA; Messiah College, Grantham PA; and Toronto Baptist Seminary, Toronto.
Dr. Wood's extensive archaeological field work includes serving as co-director of a survey of three reservoir areas in northern Jordan, 1978; area supervisor for the Wadi Tumilat Project excavation at Tell el-Maskhuta, Egypt, 1979, 1981, and 1983; volunteer at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev excavation at Haruvit in the northern Sinai, 1981; member of the Wadi Tumilat Project survey of the Wadi Tumilat, Egypt, 1983; field archaeologist for the Associates for Biblical Research excavation at Khirbet Nisya, Israel, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994; and Director of the Kh. el-Maqatir excavation, Israel, 1995 to present.
Wood is a specialist in Canaanite pottery of the Late Bronze Age. He is author of The Sociology of Pottery in Ancient Palestine: The Ceramic Industry and the Diffusion of Ceramic Style in the Bronze and Iron Ages (1990), as well as numerous articles on archaeological subjects published in various academic journals. Dr. Wood received international media attention for his research on ancient Jericho that demonstrated the historicity of the Biblical account of the capture of the city by the Israelites.
Dr. Wood has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Endowment for Biblical Research and the National Science Foundation to carry on his archaeological research. He is on the Board of Directors of the Near East Archaeological Society and is a Fellow of the Institute for Biblical Research. He is Director of Research with ABR, and founder and Consulting Editor of Bible and Spade magazine. Dr. Wood and his wife Faith reside in Manheim, PA. Read articles by Bryant Wood.

Associates For Biblical Research - Devotionals [cached]

Remembering Clifford A. ("Cliff") Wilson, May 10, 1923-April 4, 2012 5/3/2012 - by Bryant G. Wood PhD

Dr. Bryant Wood shares his thoughts about Dr. Wilson's life and ministry.
The Master Potter: Pottery Making in the Bible 7/5/2011 - by Bryant G. Wood PhD
Prayer Letter from ABR Director of Research 10/15/2007 - by Bryant G. Wood PhD
Seeds of doubt are planted by the media, museums and other institutions, and in our public schools. In addition, there is a growing promotion of anti-Christian belief systems such as atheism, cults, false religions and the occult...
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Prayer Letter from ABR Director of Research 8/10/2007 - by Bryant G. Wood PhD
Prayer Letter from ABR Director of Research 6/5/2007 - by Bryant G. Wood PhD

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