José E. Balcells
Founder and Faculty Member Iodea Humacao, Puerto Rico
José E. Balcells graduated from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California where he completed a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies with an emphasis on the archaeology of the Ancient Near East during the Persian period. His doctoral thesis, Household and Family Religion in Persian Period Judah: An Archaeological Approach is being published by the Society of Biblical Literature Press in the collection Ancient Near East Monograph Series. Other projects include “Old Testament Archaeology” in The New Jerome Biblical Commentary by Bloomsbury Publishing, and “Household and Family Ritual and Religion in Persian Period Tell en-Nasbeh,” being published in an edited volume. He completed a Master of Arts in Biblical Languages at the Jesuit School of Theology of Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. During his master’s he also studied Second Temple Judaism and literature from that period. Through these courses and research projects he developed an interest in archaeology, and he participated in excavations in Tel Akko and Tel Azekah, Israel. He also has been involved with other projects related to the archaeology of the Ancient Near East. Professional memberships include: American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), Asociación Bíblica Española (ABE) and Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). He currently serves as Executive Director and Faculty Member at Iodea, Corp., a non-profit organization.