Timothy Beal is Florence Harkness Professor of Religion at Case Western Reserve University. He has published 12 books, including The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book, Biblical Literacy: The Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know (now available as an audiobook), and Roadside Religion: In Search of the Sacred, the Strange, and the Substance of Faith, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and one of Publishers Weekly's 10 best religion books of 2005. He has published essays in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He is also Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts (in progress).