For almost 60 years, Mendel Nun (“Ports of Galilee”) has lived on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, where he has become the resident expert on the history of the lake and its fishing trade. A fisherman, author and raconteur, Nun received the Ben-Zvi prize in 1964 for his book Ancient Jewish Fisheries. He is the author of the article “Cast Your Net Upon the Waters—Fish and Fishermen in Jesus’ Time,” BAR 19:06.
Abraham Malamat (“Caught Between the Great Powers,”) is professor of Jewish history at Hebrew University, in Jerusalem. His books include Mari and the Early Israelite Experience (Oxford, 1984). A frequent contributor to BAR, he wrote “Let My People Go and Go and Go,” BAR 24:01, and “‘Love Your Neighbor as Yourself’: What It Really Means,” BAR 16:04.