A Benedictine monk, Bargil Pixner (“Jerusalem’s Essene Gateway”) lives in the Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion, where he teaches Biblical archaeology. He is the co-author, with George Hintilian, of The Glory of Bethlehem (Jerusalem Publishing House, 1981). In a previous BAR article, “Church of the Apostles Found on Mt. Zion,” BAR 16:03, Pixner identified the traditional tomb of David as the site of a first-century Judeo-Christian synagogue.
Fred Reiner (“Tracking the Shapira Case”) is the rabbi at Temple Sinai in Washington, D.C. His report on “C.D. Ginsburg and the Shapira Affair” appeared in the British Library Journal (Spring 1995). Reiner has also taught at Howard University Divinity School in Washington.
French epigraphist André Lemaire (“Paleography’s Verdict: They’re Fakes!”) teaches at the École Pratique des Haute études in Paris. His previous BAR articles include “Probable Head of Priestly Scepter from Solomon’s Temple Surfaces in Jerusalem,” BAR 10:01.