Graduate Program


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Semester of Degree Completion

Spring 2021

Thesis Director

Lee E. Patterson

Thesis Committee Member

Bailey K. Young

Thesis Committee Member

Camden Burd


This thesis surveys the historic and cultural significance of the site of Tel Jezreel, Israel and the surrounding environs and proposes a program of conservation and research which will facilitate further study of the site’s history while simultaneously making the area safely accessible to visitors. Particular attention is paid to the role that the tower and church which currently lie in ruins played within the region. Although the tower of Jezreel has been relatively neglected by historians and archaeologists to this point, it represents a very important aspect of the site, namely its continued occupation and importance beyond the biblical narrative of Jezebel for which Jezreel is best known.