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Dr Phillip Silvia received a PhD in Archaeology and Biblical History in 2015 from Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque, NM, where he is now a research professor as well as a field supervisor and Director of Scientific Analysis for the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project in Jordan. He is also a Visiting Specialist in the VIU School of Archaeology. His research into the destruction event that destroyed ancient Sodom is at the cutting edge of archaeological and astrophysical science and was most recently presented in a paper at the American Schools of Oriental Research annual meeting (2018) and featured in a National Geographic documentary film (2019). Dr Silvia is an expert in biblical catastrophism and wrote his doctoral dissertation on the cosmic airburst destruction of Sodom.
With a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University (1972), a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1986), and over 40 years of experience in engineering, software development, project management, and pastoral ministry, he brings a unique and practical perspective to the study of the Bible and the history behind it. 
Dr Silvia has authored two books: The Destruction of Sodom: What We Have Learned from Tall el-Hammam and Its Neighbors and Revelation: What Did John Really See? His published papers are available for free download from and