Joshua Ezra Burns (Ph.D., Yale University, 2010) studies Jewish civilization in antiquity and its reception in contemporary historical and theological research. His areas of specialization include Jewish life and thought among the Greeks and Romans, the Hebrew Scriptures, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and early Jewish-Christian relations. Dr. Burns is the author of The Christian Schism in Jewish History and Jewish Memory (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and numerous articles in academic journals, books, and online databases. Though mostly an armchair archaeologist, he has participated in the excavation of ancient sites in Israel and Italy. He is currently working on two major research projects. One is a study of the role of biblical criticism in the evolution of the American research university. The other is a study of early Jewish and Christian debates over the nature of Sabbath observance.