Eric M. Meyers received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in Jewish studies from Brandeis University. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he studied Bible, Jewish history and archaeology. He is the Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Jewish Studies at Duke University where he is also director of the Center for Jewish Studies and the graduate program in religion. He has published widely in the areas of Hebrew Bible and the archaeology of the Land of Israel. He is a past president of the American Schools of Oriental Research and former director of the W. F.Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.