Dr. Mark W. Meehl Theology Department
"Making the worlds of the Old and New Testament come alive and be relevant for students using the texts, the original languages, and archaeology - that's what I am called to do!"
Dr. Mark Meehl served as a research fellow at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem for two years and has worked on archeological digs in Syria, Jordan and at Tel Miqne-Ekron in Israel. At Concordia, Meehl teaches Biblical Hebrew courses, introductory courses on the Old and New Testament and classes on the Intertestamental Period, as well as Ancient Near Eastern History, the Modern Middle East and Syro-Palestinian Archaeology. Every three years, Dr. Meehl leads a study tour to Israel.
Meehl has published a book titled “Tel Miqne-Ekron Excavations 1995-1996: Field INE East Slope – Iron Age I.” He is currently in the process of publishing his second book, “Taanach II: The Iron Age Stratigraphy.”
Dr. Meehl enjoys pedaling his mountain bike on the dirt roads around Seward, playing trombone in various ensembles and traveling throughout the Middle East visiting friends and former colleagues. He is an archivist and historian for the 384th Bomb Group, the unit to which his father belonged during World War II. Meehl also spends as much time as he can with his wife, Jan (Wolters) Meehl ’89 and twin sons, Seth and Ben.
What’s it like to serve at Concordia?
Every day is a joy. My colleagues are fantastic – smart, caring, wonderful instructors. Sharing the Gospel with students in every class, in every way, and in many contexts is truly a privilege.
What has surprised you most about teaching at Concordia?
I’ve been surprised by the diversity of our student body in terms of religious background and career goals. When I was student, the vast majority of my classmates were Lutherans and going into church work. Now we have students from all faiths heading into many, many majors and professions. This diversity has greatly enriched the learning and social environment at Concordia.
Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
M.A. Religion, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
B.A., B.S., Ltd Concordia Teacher’s College, Seward, Neb.