Jeffrey Tiel, Ph.D., is an associate professor of philosophy at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. He previously taught at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, as well as Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He is an award-winning teacher, known for bringing ancient ideas to life. His extensive travels throughout the Mediterranean world--through Italy, Egypt, Israel, and Greece--provide a rich historical context for the characters and plotline of the novel. The Search for Melchizedek is the first in a trilogy of novels.