Dr. Ortiz is a biblical archaeologist with over 30 years of field experience and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East. He lived in Israel for over four years and spends most of his summers in the country. Dr. Ortiz is currently the co-director and principal investigator at Tel Gezer. Dr. Ortiz’s expertise is the use of archaeology to reconstruct the history of ancient Israel and the Second Temple Period (New Testament). His research focus is the archaeology of the southern Levant. He is active in professional academic organizations and is a prolific lecturer and author. Dr. Ortiz has contributed to several books and monographs: History of Ancient Israel, Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?, Critical Issues in Early Israelite History, Buried Hopes or Risen Savior, Archaeological and Historical Studies in honor of Amihai Mazar, and The Future of Biblical Archaeology. He is currently working on the publications of Tel Gezer as well as a book entitled Intersections of Archaeology and Biblical Interpretation.
Dr. Ortiz grew up in East Los Angeles. He is married to Beth and they have two teenage children, Rebecca and Nathaniel. They are members of Church at the Cross where Dr. Ortiz serves as a deacon. In addition to his scholarly pursuits, he is passionate about teaching students and the church the relevance of the historical and cultural context in the proper interpretation of scripture. He is a frequent supply preacher and conference speaker. He has contributed to over 100 radio interviews, newspaper articles, and denominational publications.