Dr. Cynthia Shafer-Elliott (PhD, University of Sheffield) is the Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at William Jessup University. She specializes in the historical, cultural, and archaeological contexts of ancient Israel and Judah. More specifically, she is interested in the daily lives of the average Israelite and Judahite household including economics, food preparation and consumption, religion, and the roles and relationships of the family. Her books include Food in Ancient Judah: Domestic Cooking in the Time of the Hebrew Bible and The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant. Dr. Shafer-Elliott is an experienced field archaeologist in Israel and is currently part of the archaeological excavation team at Tell Halif, Israel.