Dr. Ralph K. Hawkins is Co-Director of the Khirbet el-Mastarah excavation project. He serves as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Averett University, in Danville, Virginia, where he is also an associate professor of Hebrew Bible and archaeology. He completed a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1999 at the School of Theology at the University of the South, in Sewanee, TN, and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology in 2007. He has been involved in archaeological fieldwork since 1995, and has been on staff at Tall Jalul and Khirbet ‘Ataruz, both in Jordan. In addition to numerous articles and reviews in Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern archaeology, he has published The Iron Age I Structure on Mt. Ebal: Excavation and Interpretation (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2012) and How Israel became a People (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2013). An ordained minister, Hawkins has also written pastoral books, including While I Was Praying: Finding Insights about God in Old Testament Prayers (Smyth & Helwys, 2006), and Leadership Lessons: Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2013). He and his wife, Cathy, have three daughters, Hannah (17), Sarah (16) and Mary (12), and a son, Adam (10).