Fred Strickert holds a PhD from the University of Iowa, and is Professor Emeritus in Religion and Slife Distinguished Chair in the Humanities at Wartburg College, USA. He has been involved in excavations at Bethsaida since 1988. His books include Bethsaida: Home of the Apostles; Philip’s City: From Bethsaida to Julias; Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity; and Rachel Weeping.Richard Freund, holds a PhD and an MA from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He is the Maurice Greenberg Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, USA. He has served as the Director of the Bethsaida Excavations Project since 1992. While publishing extensively on Bethsaida, his most recent books are Digging through History (2012) and Refuge on the Dead Sea: New Discoveries in the Cave of Letters (2017).