Thanks to our Generous Donors and Supporters

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Thanks to Our Generous Donors and Supporters

Our project is made possible by a number of individuals and institutions who understand the importance of Biblical Archaeology and value our contribution to understanding it better.

The general operating budget of the Tel Abel Beth Maacah archaeological and research project comes through the financial generosity of friends and alumni of Azusa Pacific University (Los Angeles, CA). Their support allows us to excavate and process our many finds. We especially acknowledge the Board of Trustees, President Jon and Gail Vaughn Wallace, Executive Vice-PresidentDavid Bixby, ProvostMark Stanton, David Dias, Jeff and Denise Sponseller, Richard Hutcheson and the Legacy Foundation, and several anonymous others who have made this project possible.  David Dias in particular has been a driving force and financial supporter for this project since its inception in 2011 and we thank him for his enthusiasm and vision.

Prof. Robert (Bobby) Duke, Dean of the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University, has been an instrumental partner from the outset and thanks very much to his support, the project is constantly moving forward.


We extend our heartfelt thanks to Jeff and Dr. Carroll Kobs of Fort Worth, Texas for their ongoing involvement in the excavation, and whose enthusiastic support and generosity have been expressed financially and in the field - as excellent supervisors in Area A.


We express our deep appreciation of Dianne Benton of Austin, Texas, for her support, both in help in purchasing important dig equipment and for being an active participant in the field since the inception of the project, as well as for her cherished friendship. 


Particular gratitude goes to Mr. Wayne Shepard of Florida and Mr. John Camp of New Mexico, USA, whose continuous generous support has made our work in the field and our research possible. These two gifts were facilitated by Hershel Shanks, editor emeritus of Biblical Archaeology Review magazine


Special acknowledgement goes to the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies (Prof. Ed Wright and Dr. Beth Alpert-Nakhai) for their generous support of the 2014 'Gender Agenda' program and for their important ongoing educational grants in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.


We thank David Paul and Dr. Lisa Marsio of Scottsdale, Arizona, for their participation in the excavation and generous donations in 2015 and 2016.

Two scholarships by Morgan and Sandy Davis in 2014 and 2015 allowed deserving students to participate in the dig.


We gratefully acknowledge the generous donation from the Johnson Family of Fort Worth, Texas, which helped to support five European and two American students so they could join the excavation in 2018.