Michael Pytlik is Assistant Professor in Anthropology and Religion and the Director of Jewish Studies at Oakland University, Rochester, MI. He has excavated several biblical and more recent sites in Israel and leads students from Oakland to Israel each year for excavations. Pytlik holds an M.A. in Jewish Studies and a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Spertus College of Judaic Studies and Leadership, Chicago. His area of study is historical and theological questions relating to the early Israelite monarchy at the time of King David. Pytlik teaches courses in Judaic Studies and Anthropology at Oakland University.