Daniel Schwartz is an historian of the Second Temple Period. Born in the USA in 1952, he moved to Israel in 1971 and then began his studies of Jewish and general history at the Hebrew University, eventually completing three degrees; his 1979 doctoral dissertation was devoted to ancient attitudes toward the Temple of Jerusalem. He is currently the Academic Head of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on Jewish history in the Second Temple period, especially upon ancient historiography. Among his books: annotated commentaries to the Second Book of Maccabees (2004 in Hebrew, 2008 in English) and to Josephus’s Vita (2007); Agrippa I: The Last King of Judaea (1987 in Hebrew, 1990 in English); Reading the First Century: On Reading Josephus and Studying Jewish History of the First Century (2013); Judeans and Jews: Four Faces of Dichotomy in Ancient Jewish History (2014); and Between Jewish Posen and Scholarly Berlin: The Life and Letters of Philipp Jaffé (2017). Alongside of teaching and research, he has held numerous administrative positions in the University; currently he is the academic head of the Mandel Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies.