J.M. Rood

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Occupation Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies, Biola University
Location Los Angeles, California, United States
Introduction I teach History and Middle Eastern Studies at Biola University. I wrote "Sacred Law in the Holy City" (Leiden: Brill, 2004), a study of Jerusalem in the 19th century. I received my PhD in Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Chicago, my MA in International Relations and Arabic at Georgetown University, and my BA at New College (Sarasota FL). I have also studied at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As a follower of Yeshua HaMashiach, I teach my students to understand the complexity, diversity, and beauty of human civilization through the study of primary sources in order to give them insight into man's dignity and depravity. We have reason for hope despite the tragedies of history. The Lord is God, the Creator and Sustainer of the World, Very God and Very Man, the just and merciful Judge of humankind. He alone knows us for who we truly are, and will hold us accountable for our deeds. He is my friend and my King, my Father and my Savior, and in Him I find my strength and joy. It is my prayer that everyone would know Him as I have come to know Him, simply by acknowledging my sin and need for the forgiveness and compassion of the One who is my Maker.
Interests World History, Theology, Biblical Studies, Islamic History, the Middle East, Israel, Jerusalem, Palestinian History, International Relations, Art and Architecture, Travel, Intercultural Studies, the Holocaust, the History of German Jewry, Jewish Christians in Church History
Favorite Movies Persepolis, The Band's Visit, Beaufort, Yol, The Dupes, Wedding in Galilee
Favorite Music World music, classic, especially Mendelssohn, bluegrass, jazz & blues, klezmer, 'oud, khaled, soundtracks like Last of the Mohicans, Atonement, Kiterunner
Favorite Books histories and biographies, currently reading Nur Masalha's the Bible And Zionism. A Thousand Splendid Suns. Rumi and Jewish poets from Andalusia. Wolfgang Pannenberg. Tony Maalouf's Arabs in the Shadow of Israel.

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