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After cancer battle, Rochester College professor plans to return to Dead Sea dig

Craig Bowman stands next to a poster featuring incense burners unearthed during excavation at Tamar, Israel. He holds an artist’s reconstruction of a vessel from a shard of pottery. (Photo via www.theoaklandpress.com)

Craig Bowman really digs Israel.
The professor of Old Testament at Rochester College, an institution in Rochester Hills, Mich., associated with Churches of Christ, hopes to return to the Middle Eastern nation with students, where they will study an archaeological site near the Dead Sea.
The Oakland Press reports:

Five years ago when Craig Bowman last visited Israel he could never have guessed what it would take to get there again.
A professor of the Old Testament at Rochester College, Bowman expected to return to Israel in 2010 with students to continue working on an important archeological dig. Instead, he went on a harrowing personal journey to stay alive. Now back to work after 18 months off, he is hoping to raise the money needed to take students abroad next year.
A California native who earned a Ph. D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, Bowman has taught at RC since 2000. In 1998 he was diagnosed with a blood disorder. A self-described extreme athlete, he refused treatment. “At the time it wasn’t bugging me so I thought, ‘Why think about it?’ ” he said. Then in 2007, a mini-stroke forced him into treatment.

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  • Feedback
    Go for it, Craig. It is a modern miracle that you have recovered. I wish I could join you again at Tamar, but am getting too old and tired to make the journey. I complained to the doc that I am tired all the time. His answer, “Well, what do you expect. You’re 85.”
    You probably know that we now live in Austin, a few minutes from Mark’s house. I’m teaching a course a semester at Austin Grad., working with Mark on the Timeless project, singing in the Brentwood Oaks chorus, writing books and doing a little art work. Enough to keep me pretty well out of trouble.
    Best wishes, Glover
    Glover Shipp
    October, 11 2012

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