José Balcells Receives Writing Fellowship; Brings Imaging Technology to Badè Collection

GTU doctoral student José Balcells has been awarded an HTIC/LUCE dissertation writing fellowship from the Hispanic Theological Initiative for 2014-15. Balcells is currently working on a dissertation entitled, “Household and Family Religion in Persian-Period Judah: An Archaeological Approach.”

Balcells has also received a grant from the University of Southern California (USC) West Semitic Research Project for training in Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), a process used to create high-resolution digital images of ancient writings and inscriptions. RTI has been employed to create digital replicas of early written records like the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Near Eastern manuscripts, inscriptions, and artifacts. Balcells will bring this groundbreaking technology to the Badè Museum of Biblical Archeology at the Pacific School of Religion later this year, where it will be used to create high-resolution images of artifacts from the collection. The images will be added to the archive of more than 250,000 images of ancient texts currently available in the database of the InscriptiFact Project.