Hezekiah’s Tunnel

On a day when the United States announces it will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Tuck Magazine posted my essay on an ancient tunnel under the city. Attributed to King Hezekiah in the Bible, the tunnel may have inspired stories of “forts” and “underground passages” in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. LINK

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Confederate Statues

Tuck Magazine, whose editor is Michael Organ, posted my essay “Confederate Statues.” Apart from those at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville has five remarkable bronze statues, some of which will be removed for political reasons. LINK

The Lampshade

The premiere issue of Green Light Journal includes my flash fiction “The Lampshade.” Nora, who first appeared in “The Jaunty Hat” in July 2016 in Origami Journal, notices a stain on a lampshade in her apartment. Wondering what to do about it becomes a crisis. LINK

What Jesus Wrote

Porridge Magazine in Cambridge, England, posted my essay “What Jesus Wrote.” LINK

The Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles quote the words of Jesus, but they are written in Greek, and Jesus spoke Aramaic. Scholars have long suspected that the writers of these books used a source called Q of Jesus’s sayings. I argue that Q may be a Greek translation of an Aramaic text written by Jesus or his followers.