Dr. Hannah K. Harrington is Professor of Old Testament at Patten University, Oakland, CA. Dr. Harrington began her extensive work with the Dead Sea Scrolls at the University of California Berkeley, where she studied under the Biblical scholar Prof. Jacob Milgrom, and earned both the M.A. (1985) and Ph.D. (1992) in Near Eastern Studies. She has written over sixty publications (books, articles and reviews) on the Scrolls and other topics relating to holiness and ritual purity in Second Temple Judaism. Notable examples include: “Leviticus,” Women’s Bible Commentary (Westminster John Knox Press, 2012); Purity Texts, Companion to the Qumran Scrolls, 5 (Sheffield Academic Press, 2004); Holiness: Rabbinic Judaism and the Graeco-Roman World (London: Routledge Press, 2001) and, currently in progress, Ezra and Nehemiah, New International Commentary on the Old Testament (Eerdmans Press) and Purity and Sanctuary of the Body in Second Temple Judaism (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht). Dr. Harrington has received four National Endowment for the Humanities Grants. She and her husband, Dr. Bill Harrington, organize study tours to Israel.