I am writing to tell you how thankful I am for the amazing opportunity you gave me. I can honestly say my life has been changed because of the Haas/Koshland award. In the process of researching and writing my thesis, I realized I wanted to stay for more than just a year, I was not done experiencing this fascinating place. I decided to apply to do a second masterʼs degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and I am now taking part in the Bible and Ancient Near East masterʼs program. By doing a second materʼs I will be better prepared for Ph.D. research when I return to the US. When it comes down to it, I was working with some of the greatest scholars in BiblicalLiterature, and I was not ready to leave them until I felt I was done picking their brains. Not only will I be able to continue working with great minds, I will also have the opportunity to become fluent in Modern Hebrew, while honing my language skills in Biblical Hebrew, Classical Greek, and Biblical Aramaic.
More importantly, the Haas/Koshland award allowed me to research and write my masterʼs thesis for the Graduate Theological Union while in Israel. I successfully defended my thesis, entitled Post Temple Apocalyptic: The Book of Revelation and its Messianism, on September 15th. The resources I had at my disposal while in Israel were vital to the success of my project, so thank you for supporting me while I was writing. If I would have researched and wrote while in the US, I know that it would have been a completely different work.
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