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Bryant G. Wood

Director of Research

Biblical Research

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Akron, Pennsylvania,17501

United States

Background Information


The Near East Archaeological Society

Board Member

D&E Jazzd

Board Member

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



Web References(199 Total References)

// Archaeology Says Yes - GODSAIDMANSAID.COM

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In a short review by Dr. Bryant G. Wood in Biblical Archaeology, this point is obvious.
Dr. Wood is director of research at Associates for Biblical Research in Akron, Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D. in Syro-Palestinian archaeology from the University of Toronto, as well as an M.S. in nuclear engineering, and has served as a mechanical engineer at General Electric where he performed data collection and analysis for 13 years. Dr. Wood understands the nature of fact. In the March/April 2007 issue of Biblical Archaeology, under the banner title, "Let the Evidence Speak," Dr. Wood cites the record: Dr. Wood continues: Again, from Dr. Wood's article:

Archaeology and the Bible • ChristianAnswers.Net

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-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


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 https://scholar.google.ca/scholar?cites=13627279837402623804&as_sdt=2005&sciodt=0,5&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).

Staff - Associates for Biblical Research

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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.

ABR Membership

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FREE copy of the cutting edge DVD Jericho Unearthed, which prominently features ABR Director of Research, Dr. Bryant Wood, and his Jericho research

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