Prof. Jodi Magness Professor Jodi Magness is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her B.A. in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. She previously taught at Tufts University; and was Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology at the Center for Old World Archaeology and Art at Brown University. Recently, she made multiple guest appearances on the National Geographic Channel’s television series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman – a documentary series exploring religious beliefs across cultures around the world. Magness has participated in numerous different excavations in Israel and Greece; and co-directed the 1995 excavations of the Roman siege works at Masada. From 1997-99 she co-directed excavations at Khirbet Yattir in Israel. Since 2003 Professor Magness has been the co-director of the excavations in the late Roman fort at Yotvata, Israel.