Joel Kramer | Faculty and Staff

Joel Kramer

Adjunct Professor of Biblical Archaeology
Field Archaeologist



Joel Kramer serves as Adjunct Professor of Biblical Archaeology — our “archaeologist in the field.” His connection to the region began as a young boy, when his father moved the family to Saudi Arabia.


Joel eventually traded the Arabian desert of Saudi for the Sonoran Desert near Tucson, where he attended the University of Arizona, earning a BA in Communications in 1991. His diverse experiences and expeditions prepared him well for a career in photojournalism where he produced numerous documentary films.


His interests in history, culture, texts, and antiquity led him to study at the University of the Holy Land (UHL) under Dr. Shimon Gibson, where he graduated summa cum laude with an MA in Archaeology. For over a decade, he participated in numerous dig projects and gained invaluable field experience — serving in every position at an excavation from lowly digger to supervisory dig staff.


In 2017, Joel moved to Amman, Jordan, where he currently resides with his lovely wife, Cathy, and their three teenage children. He continues to participate in archaeological excavations and assists Shepherds’ Department of Biblical Archaeology to provide excavational opportunities for students and plan future dig projects.




BA University of Arizona
MA University of the Holy Land



DNA vs The Book of Mormon (2003)
Called to Be Free (2004)
The Bible vs the Book of Mormon (2005)
Lifting the Veil of Polygamy (2006)
The Jesus Tomb Unmasked (2007)
Jericho Unearthed (2008)
The Bible vs Joseph Smith (2010)
The Sacrifice (2012)
The Soul Shepherd (2015)



Mount Zion Dig – Jerusalem
Church of the Nativity – Bethlehem
Khirbet el-Maqatir




Beyond Fear: A Harrowing Journey Across New Guinea Through Rivers, Swamps, Jungle and the Most Remote Mountains in the World (Lyons Press, 1995)

Where God Came Down by Joel Kramer

Where God Came Down: The Archaeological Evidence (Innovo, 2020)