Dr. Adolfo Roitman
Dr. Adolfo Roitman is Lizbeth and George Krupp Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Head of the Shrine of the Book in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. MA in Anthropology (cum laude, University of Buenos Aires, 1980); MA in Comparative Religions (cum laude, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1985); and PhD in Ancient Jewish Thought and Literature (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1993). He is the author of numerous books about the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ancient Judaism, including The Sectarians from Qumran: Daily Life of the Essenes (Barcelona: Ediciones Martínez Roca, 2000, in Spanish)|; A Day at Qumran: The Dead Sea Sect and Its Scrolls (Jerusalem: The Israel Museum, 1997); Envisioning the Temple. Scrolls, Stones and Symbols (The Israel Museum: Jerusalem, 2003). He lectures widely on early Jewish literature, the history and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and biblical interpretation, and has served as a visiting scholar at universities across the United States, Central and South America. Dr. Roitman is the Moriah Center´s academic advisor.
Archaeologist Eli Shukron
M.A. in Archaeology from The Hebrew University. Worked at the Israel Antiquities Authority as Research Archaeologist from 1988 until 2013. Began his work in the city of Jerusalem over 25 years ago in numerous excavations in the city and from the year 1995 he worked at the City of David as the director of the excavations carried at the site. From 1995 until 2012 excavated the Gihon Spring House changing the understanding of Ancient Jerusalem by excavating the Wall Fortifications dated MB II, the Rock-cut pool and the ritual enclosure where a broken bulla bearing the name of the city of Bethlehem was found. In 2004 Found and excavated the Second Temple period Pool of Siloam. In 2006 – 2009 uncovered and excavated the ancient Jerusalem Pilgrim road that led from Siloam Pool to the Second Temple Mount. In 2007 – 2012 excavated an ancient Jerusalem water channel that drained Jerusalem. Items discovered in the tunnel appear to confirm Josephus‘s account of Jews using the sewer as a refuge and escape from the burning city. Among the finds was a rare half-shekel coin, used to pay the Second Temple tax; only seven other such coins have been found in archeological digs. 2011-2013 excavated the foundation of the Western wall and the tunnel beside the wall under Davidson Center (Part of the Jerusalem Walls National Park), where the golden bell from the High Priest was found. Expert in History and Archaeology of Jerusalem during the First and Second Temple , Published dozen of articles about Archaeology in Jerusalem. Consultant to media broadcasting projects about Jerusalem.
Prof. David Sedaca
Prof. David Sedaca began his theological studies at Biola University in Los Angeles, California, and continued his Master in Theology at the International Baptist Theological Seminary of Buenos Aires and at the Graduate School of the University of Belgrano’s School of Middle East Studies in Buenos Aires. He studied Judaism and Interfaith Relations in New York City. He received his degree in psychology from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. David Sedaca has been professor of theology related fields in academic institutions in United States, Canada, and Argentina, specializing in hermeneutics, biblical prophecy and Jewish Christian relationships. In Norfolk, Virginia, he was the Director of the Bible Training Center for Pastors. He is currently guest lecturer at the Charles Feinberg Seminary of Messianic Jewish Studies in Brooklyn, New York. Prof. David Sedaca is one of the leaders of the modern day messianic Jewish movement having served as Executive Secretary and CEO of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance for over 25 years.
Archaeologist Avner Goren
Armed with a degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in both Archaeology and Jewish History, Avner participated in archeological excavations including: Megiddo and Hazor (with Yigal Yadin), Arad (with Ruth Amiram), Jerusalem (Benjamin Mazar), Mamshit (Avraham Negev) and many more. For fifteen years Avner served as the Chief Archaeologist of the Sinai Peninsula. He created the Sinai Institute for Science and Arts which he headed during the 12 years of its existence. Avner was actively engaged in the peace negotiations with Egypt, transferring the archeological sites of Sinai to the Egyptian Antiquities Authorities. Avner has headed numerous seminars in Israel and abroad for the Open University, the Biblical Archeological Society and the Biblical Archeology Review (USA), the Israel Archaeological Society and others. Since 1999 Avner was the main protagonist and mentor in the three bestselling books; WALKING THE BIBLE, ABRAHAM and WHERE GOD WAS BORN, all of which ended up on the NY Times bestseller list. He served as a senior advisor of the TV documentary on the Ancient Nabatean Incense Route and appears in many interviews and TV documentaries for the BBC, National Geographic, History Channel and others. Avner has been lecturing at many institutions around the world, including, the Aspen Institute, many universities and institutes, communities, synagogues and churches. Since 1990, Avner has been a research fellow at the Albright Institute of the American School of Oriental Research. Since 2007 Avner has been a research fellow at the NCRD – Negev Center for Regional Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Avner lectured at the Open University of Israel on archeology, culture and history. Avner was one the founders and served as Israel’s national director of the “Abraham’s Path Initiative”, an organization based in the Global Negotiation Center at the Harvard University, USA.
Dr. Daniel Vainstub
He graduated in Archeology and History of the Jewish People in Biblical times and of the Second Temple at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He had an MA in Epigraphy and Hebrew and Semitic Western Paleography at Hebrew University. He got his PhD at Ben-Gurion University of Beer-Sheva. He is a professor and researcher for more than twenty years at the Ben-Gurion University regarding to all fields in biblical times. He teaches at the Israel Museum. He published a large number of articles. He regularly participates in national and international conferences
M.A. Yehuda Kaplan
Yehuda Kaplan holds a Bachelor Degree in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, and a Masters in the History of the Jewish People, graduating summa cum laude, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He works at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem and since 2001 he is the Director of the Education Department of the Museum, a position he holds and continues to develop to the present. As the head of the Education department Yehuda is responsible for the daily running of all educational programming, including school groups, students, family programs, adult courses and weekly lectures. He taught courses in biblical history at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem and in the Rothberg International School for overseas students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Yehuda is an experienced Licensed Tour Guide specializing in biblical archaeology, and history of the Land of Israel and the Ancient Near East.
Dr. Nahum Sagiv
PhD. Bar-Ilan University, Land of Israe Studies. Dr. Nahum Sagiv, a senior lecturer at Ashkelon College, is an expert in the history and archaeology of the Land of Israel, possessing extensive knowledge of the Second Temple period and late antiquity. Dr. Sagiv has years of hands on experience as an archaeologist. He excavated at the Hellenistic site of Maresha and at other locations in the Judean lowlands. In his work he has dealt extensively with the life and times of King Herod, the culture and life style of the ancient Nabateans, the impact of the Bar Kochba revolt on Judean cities and many other critical issues in the study of life in the Land of Israel in ancient times.
Archaeologist Danny Herman
B.A. & M.A. of the Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Major in Biblical-Classical Archaeology. Secondary studies in Christianity and Art History. Conductor of the Biblical Archaeology Society. Lecturer at Overseas School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Lecturer on History and Israeli Archaeology at a special program for Diplomats, at IDC, Herzelia. Lecturer and guide at the Tour Guide Course of the Israel School of Tourism. Guide for IMPH program; Beth –Shemesh excavations Guide for Israel Antiquities Authority; Shrine of the Book; Bible Lands Museum. Assistant Researcher to the numismatic collection of the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University. Consultant for many overseas TV productions and books for subjects related to Israeli Archaeology, Copper Scroll and the Qumran Caves.
Ofir Jacobson, Ph.D
Tourist guide & lecturer. Researcher of ancient cultures, religions and myths, Lecturer and Tourist Guide. Combines intimate knowledge of the land with academic studies: doctorate in Comparative Religions, master’s degree in the studies of the land of Israel, and a bachlor’s degree in Environmental Studies. Investigates the relationship between the physical conditions of the environment and the development of society, culture and religion. He participated in archaeological excavations in Hatzor. In addition to giving lectures on various subjects related to his studies and to guiding in Israel, Ofir also guides in several destinations around the world, and is a professor in the official course of Israeli guides.