Thomas Evan Levy is Distinguished Professor and holds the Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands at the University of California, San Diego.He is a member of the Department of Anthropology and Judaic Studies Program and leads the Cyber-archaeology research group at the Qualcomm Institute, California Center of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Levy is a Levantine field archaeologist with interests in the role of technology, especially early mining and metallurgy, on social evolution from the beginnings of sedentism and the domestication of plants and animals in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period (ca. 7500 BCE) to the rise of the first historic Levantine state level societies in the Iron Age (ca. 1200 – 500 BCE). A Fellow of the Explorers Club, Levy won the 2011 Lowell Thomas Award for “Exploring the World’s Greatest Mysteries.”Levy has been the principal investigator of many interdisciplinary archaeological field projects in Israel and Jordan that have been funded by the National Geographic Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation and other organizations.Tom also conducts ethnoarchaeological research in India. Levy, his wife Alina Levy and the Sthapathy traditional craftsmen from the village of Swamimalai co-authored the book Masters of Fire - Hereditary Bronze Casters of South India. Bochum: German Mining Museum, 2008).Tom has published 10 books and several hundred scholarly articles.Levy’s most recent book is entitled Historical Biblical Archaeology – The New Pragmatism (London: Equinox Publishers, 2010 that in 2011 won the ‘best scholarly book’ from Biblical Archaeology Society (Washington, DC).Levy and his colleague Mohammad Najjar recently won Biblical Archaeology Review’s ‘Best BAR Article’ for “Condemned to the Mines: Copper Production & Christian Persecution.”
Thomas Schneider is Professor of Egyptologyand Near Eastern Studies at the Universityof British Columbia, Vancouver, a position he assumed in 2007. He studiedat Zurich, Basel and Paris, earning a Master's degree (Lizentiat), adoctorate and a habilitation in Egyptology atthe University of Basel. He was a VisitingProfessor at the University of Vienna in 1999and at the University of Heidelberg in2003-4. From 2001 to 2005, he wasa Research Professor of the Swiss NationalScience Foundation at the University of Baseland from 2005 to 2007, Professor and holder of theChair in Egyptology at the University of Wales,Swansea.He was a visiting scholar at NewYork University in 2006 and at the Universityof California, Berkeley, in 2012,as well as anAssociate Professor (Status only) in theDepartment of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto (2010–2012) and anAffiliate Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington (2009-12).He has published five self-authored books andmore than 100 journal articles, book chapters and book reviews andedited or co-edited another five booksin his main areasof research:Egyptian interconnectionswith the Levant and the Near East, Egyptian history and chronology and Egyptian historicalphonology.His current research project is onthe history of Egyptology in Nazi Germany.Heis founder and editor-in-chief of the Journalof Egyptian History, as well as editor of NearEastern Archaeology. He was the editor-in-chief of "Culture and History of the Ancient Near East" (2006-2013) and area editor history for the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology.He also serves on the editorial board of theJournal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, as well as the advisory boards of "Egypt and the Levant" and Lingua Aegyptia.
A native New Yorker (born at Mount Sinai hospital), William H. C. Propp is the Harriet and Louis Bookheim Professor of Biblical Hebrew and Related Languages at the University of California, San Diego, where he has taught since 1983 for the Departments of Literature and History and for the Judaic Studies Program; he has also been a visiting professor of Religious Studies at Dartmouth College.His wide-ranging approach to the Hebrew Bible synthesizes philology, cultural anthropology, folklore studies, psychology, history, linguistics and literary criticism.Having published on a multitude of topics in both scholarly and popular venues, he is best known for his two-volume, 1600-page reference commentary on the Book of Exodus in the Anchor Bible series(Doubleday 1999, 2006).