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J. Thomas Hewitt, PhD

I am originally from South Carolina and now live in the Pacific Northwest with my wife and children. I received my PhD in New Testament from the University of Edinburgh where my research focused on the Pauline epistles and early Jewish messianism. Prior to my doctoral candidacy, I completed a related MLitt at the University of St. Andrews and a MDiv at Covenant Theological Seminary. I also hold a BS in psychology and music from Furman University. My current research focuses on the degree and nature of creativity involved in early Jewish and Christian biblical interpretation. For more information, see

Rabbi Dr. David Moster

I grew up in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania and now live in Yonkers, New York with my wife and two children. I received my PhD from Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel under the tutelage of Professor Yigal Levin, a world expert in biblical history and geography. Before attending Bar-Ilan, I spent two years in Israel and a decade in New York City, where I received a Bachelor's, two Master's, and a Rabbinical Degree from Yeshiva University, as well as a Master's in Ancient Israel from New York University. In addition to my peer-reviewed articles (available here), I recently authored Etrog: How a Chinese Fruit Became  a Jewish Symbol (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). In addition to my work at the IBC, I am also a Fellow in the Department of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College.