Many individuals helped make this exhibition and catalogue possible. Above all, we acknowledge the leadership and scholarship of our Guest Curator, Steven Fine, and his Adjunct Assistant Curator, Rhoda Terry.
We are grateful to the following advisers who, from the beginning, provided encouragement and generously shared their expertise with us: James Charlesworth, George L. Collord Professor of New Testament and Literature, Princeton Theological Seminary; Louis H. Feldman, Abraham Wouk Family Chair in Classics and Literature, Yeshiva University; Joseph Gutmann, Professor Emeritus of Art History, Wayne State University; Rachel Hachlili, Professor of Archaeology, Haifa University; Selma Holo, Adjunct Associate Professor and Director of Museum Studies, University of Southern California; A. Thomas Kraabel, Qualley Professor of Classics, Dean of Luther College; Lee I. Levine, Professor of Jewish History and Archaeology, Hebrew University; Eric M. Meyers, Professor of Religion, Duke University; Leonard Victor Rutgers, Fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy, University of Utrecht; Andrew Seager, Professor of Architecture, Ball State University; and Avigdor, Shinan, Professor of Hebrew Literature, Hebrew University. A special note of gratitude must go to Lawrence Schiffman, Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University, for his enthusiastic and unqualified assistance at all times.
A host of curators, archivists, and researchers were exceedingly helpful in bringing this project to fruition. We would like to thank the following: the Israel Antiquities Authority: Ruth Peled, Curator, Chava Katz, Acting Chief Curator, and Rivka Berger, Research Associate; Gila Hurwitz, Curator, Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University; Avigail Sheffer, formerly of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University; Joachim Marzahn, Curator, Deutsches Orient-Gesellsehaft; Father Leonard Boyle, Director of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana; Anna Gallina Zevi, Director of the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Ostia; Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, Harvard University: Crawford Greenewalt, Director, Laura Gadbery,