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Professor shares expertise on biblical history

Former Elburn resident returns with stories of Jerusalem

ELBURN – After 1,000 days in Jerusalem, professor Tom Meyer gained a perspective on the Bible he wouldn’t otherwise have had.

Once in a lifetime opportunities, such as exploring the ruins of ancient Jerusalem, sailing on the Nile River, visiting the Egyptian pyramids, and walking around the sea of Galilee, gave him an in-depth look at where historic events from the Bible took place.

Now the former Elburn resident travels from his home in Redding, Calif., to Illinois every summer with his family to speak at churches of all denominations and present information on archaeological evidence from the Bible.

On July 29, Meyer and his family were at Kaneville United Methodist Church in Elburn to host a presentation, “The Archaeology of the Bible.” Meyer presents books of the Bible in a theatrical format through his role as the director of Wordsower International, a global ministry group.

Memorization was a big part of Meyer’s education in Jerusalem, where he earned two M.A. degrees from Jerusalem University College, including Historical Geography and Archaeology and Middle East Culture and Religion.

Meyer now uses that skill set to present the book of Revelations, which has around 12,000 words, in a play format of about 58 minutes.

“I learned how to memorize in Jerusalem,” Meyer said. “There are many oral traditions. The Bible is meant to be spoken. I am able to speak the Bible to any denomination. It’s not boring. It’s engaging and dynamic.”

The environment where Meyer went to school played a big role in the understanding he has of the Bible.

“Jerusalem University College is a flagship school for higher Christian education,” Meyer said. “It was amazing to get off the grid where there was no Wi-Fi in some areas. You think about Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and you can imagine what life was like for them.”

Walking in the footsteps of such biblical characters led to Meyer’s involvement with the Temple Mount Sifting project, an opportunity to treasure hunt through remains of a historic site.

Temple Mount is a hill located in Jerusalem. For thousands of years, it has been regarded as a holy location in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

“In the 1990s and early 2000s, 300 semi loads of the guts from the Temple Mount were taken out,” Meyer said. “I was able to sift through them and find coins, pottery, beautiful arrowheads, mosaics, and animal bones that were almost all kosher, meaning they were burnt with fire.”

Meyer’s latest book “The Memorization Bible” was published less than a month ago. Meyer’s book is available at several places, including Target, Walmart and Amazon. With his book gaining popularity, Meyer reflected on the opportunities and success he has had.

“Adventure is out there,” Meyer said. “You can come from Elburn and go sailing on the Nile River, be friends with Chuck Norris, explore the Egyptian pyramids and have a great book on Amazon, all with help from God.”