Yaron Eliav is an award winning scholar and teacher at the University of Michigan in the fields of Judaic Studies, Jewish history in the Roman world, Talmud, and archaeology. His book, God’s Mountain: The Temple Mount in Time, Space, and Memory (Johns Hopkins University Press 2005; soft-cover 2008) won two national awards: The 2005 American Association of Publishers (AAP) award for best scholarly book on religion, and the 2006 Salo Baron prize for best first book in Judaic Studies from the American Academy for Jewish Studies. Yaron was invited to present and discuss his work in numerous places around the world; from Oxford and London, and from Moscow to Jerusalem; and in the United states, from the Getty Museum and UCLA on the west coast through Chicago and Indiana to Princeton, NYU, Brown, Brandeis, and Middlebury on the east. In 2004-5 he was a senior fellow at the prestigious Institute of Advanced Studies in Jerusalem. Currently, Yaron lives with his wife and their two kids in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There, he pursues his research that combines archaeology and talmudic, early Christian, and classical literatures in order to study the multi-faceted cultural environment of the Roman Mediterranean with emphasis on Material Culture and the encounter between Jews and Graeco-Roman environment. Other than teaching and advising graduate students, Yaron also directs a multi-member team of scientists and scholars who are aiming to transform the learning experience of undergraduate students who study the ancient world.