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Sy Gitin and the Albright

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Renowned biblical archaeologist Seymour (Sy) Gitin is a great storyteller. So naturally his new memoir, The Road Taken: An Archaeologist’s Journey to the Land of the Bible, is a fascinating read.

Featuring what is surely the only world-class archaeology research center in East Jerusalem led for 34 years by a former US Air Force chaplain, the book is also a persuasive case study of No More Enemies in action – especially in academia, where it is desperately needed.

It’s true I’m not an objective judge, because I know the man (and his family) personally, and I’m very fond of the whole clan – and this is a rave review. But once you’ve read his book, you’ll agree with me. Guaranteed.

If you look at the bio on Wikipedia, you’ll get the outlines of Sy Gitin’s personal history and his scholarly work in archaeology, his academic degrees, appointments, professional awards, titles, and so forth – but then you’ll just have the notes. If you want to hear the music, read his book.

The Road Taken offers wonderful stories, deftly told — full of humor, optimism, and kindness, and featuring equanimity and sanity when disaster strikes, plus the author’s unique personal slant on numerous historical events that have shaped our world over the last half century. He gives you, for example, 9/11 in a few succinct paragraphs: There he is, on a visit to New York, emerging from a midtown Manhattan........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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