Jodi Magness (“Samson in the Synagogue”) is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include Jerusalem, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient synagogues, Masada, the Roman army in the East, and ancient pottery.
Gabriel Barkay (“Who Was Buried in the Tomb of Pharaoh’s Daughter?”), one of Israel’s most prominent archaeologists, teaches in the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University. The 1996 winner of the Jerusalem Prize for Archaeological Research, he has participated in numerous digs over the past 35 years, including his large-scale excavation of Jerusalem’s Ketef Hinnom. His most recent project is the Temple Mount Sifting Project.
Ben Witherington III (“In the Beginning”) is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University, Scotland. He is a regular contributor to BAR’s Biblical Views column.