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Jesse Abelman is responsible for the Torah Scrolls, Judaica objects, and Hebrew and
Jewish books in the Museum Collections.He oversees the care of these objects and
assists with their use in museum exhibits, programming, and research.Jesse leads
The Torah Scrolls Project, a long-term project to digitize, catalog, and make the
museum’s uniquely large and diverse collection of Torah scrolls available to the
Prior to joining the Museum of the Bible, Jesse taught Bible and history in a variety
of contexts to a diverse set of audiences, including high schools, synagogues, and
university students. He spent nine years teaching at a variety of programs at the
Drisha Institute for Jewish Education and taught in several high schools in the New
York area, as well as at Yeshiva College. Jesse has a BA From McGill University,
Rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and an MA and
PhD from Yeshiva University. He is a 2021–22 Fellow at the Yeshiva University
Center for Israel Studies and held a Fellowship in Medieval Studies at Fordham
Daniel Stevens is the Director of the Scholars Initiative at Museum of the Bible, where he manages ongoing research projects and conducts his own research on areas related to the New Testament and early Christianity.
Daniel holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he wrote his dissertation on the Epistle to the Hebrews, and a BA in classics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Daniel has taught Greek language and literature at the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge, and has lectured and supervised in most areas related to the New Testament. Since coming to the Museum of the Bible, he has been thrilled to work with manuscripts and on the material culture of early Christianity.
Daniel spends most of his non-research time either reading, walking his dog, or just at home with family.
Brian Hyland is Associate Curator of Manuscripts at Museum of the Bible, where he researches the museum’s medieval and ancient manuscripts.
Brian holds an MA in ancient history from the University of Chicago, and a BA in history from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has also studied classics at Cornell University and papyrology at the Institut für Papyrologie, Ruprecht Karls Universität, in Heidelberg, Germany.
For 30 years Brian taught Latin, German, social studies, and mythology at Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghamton, NY. He has also taught Greek and Roman history at the University of Illinois, Chicago, medieval history for the University of Maryland’s European extension division, and Latin at Binghamton University.
Brian is a veteran performer who plays traditional Irish music on pennywhistle, flute, English and Anglo concertinas, button and piano accordions, harmonica, bodhran, and bones.
Jared Wolfe is the editorial manager at Museum of the Bible, where he has worked since 2015. As an editor, Jared reviews and assists with exhibitions and exhibition catalogs, artifact research and documentation, and curriculum projects. He also manages the museum’s daily copy needs. As an Assyriologist, he aids in the presentation of Near Eastern artifacts and objects in the museum’s collections.
Jared earned the PhD in Near Eastern languages and cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MDiv and a BA in religion from Pepperdine University. When not immersed in editing for the museum, Jared enjoys researching ancient Israel’s contact with Assyria and Babylonia and general Near and Middle Eastern history.
Amy Van Dyke holds a BA in art history, with a minor in studio art, and an MEd in secondary education, with an emphasis in art education, from Northern Arizona University. She has received her certification to teach from the state of Arizona as well as training in museum studies from the Phoenix Art Museum.
Amy has taught various courses in art, art history, and world history in courses from the third grade through college. She also developed and wrote a school-wide art curriculum for a private school in Oklahoma. Amy has given several lectures, including “Biblical Art and Theology: How Artists Influence our Understanding of the Bible” and “How to Illustrate God: The Difficulty in Depicting the Divine.”
Since joining Museum of the Bible in 2012, Amy has coordinated, written, or assisted with over 50 exhibitions. Her exhibition Amazing Grace: How Sweet the Sound included new research and loans never before displayed in the US, and she also debuted The Wiedmann Bible and The Tapestry of Light exhibitions in the States. Her current work as lead curator of art and exhibitions involves developing content, coordinating and curating exhibitions, and researching, lecturing, and curating the art within the Museum Collections.
She also does a mean Elvis impression. See it here.