I am the author of Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest for Jesus of Nazareth, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible, When in Rome: A Journal of Life in Vatican City and The Book of Vices: A Collection of Classic Immoral Tales. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, I attended a Jesuit high school and university, earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy, moved to Israel to learn Hebrew, and earned an M.A. degree in New Testament and theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. I am the former managing editor of Hawaii Magazine and the former Hawaii Bureau Chief for The Hollywood Reporter. For the past 30 years, I’ve worked as a full-time professional writer. I live with my wife and five children in a small village on the ocean. I’m interested in many things, obsessed with quite a few. In no particular order, this would include… … Biblical studies, particularly the Jewish background to the New Testament… … the Hebrew language, of course, which I learned from two ulpanim I took in Israel… … eastern and western philosophy… … a few hardy sports like tennis, squash and skiing… … libertarian economics and self-reliance… … healthy and simple living, including daily walks on the beach with my lovely wife and esoteric pursuits like Aikido… … the ocean and beach in all their glorious phases and moods… … killing tomato plants in large numbers… … among other things. Such eclectic interests mean I have an unusual life. I live close by the beach and cobble together a living as an author, writer, and occasional seminar presenter.