Miriam Feinberg Vamosh was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and has lived in Israel since 1970. Her love affair with the Bible and ancient sources, which led to her books and articles, deepened over many years as a tour educator – and thus every visitor who ever asked her a question has earned her gratitude. Miriam’s interest in the New Testament began thanks to the respect for people of other faiths and cultures she learned in her parents’ home, and the homes of her older brother and sister. That respect deepened thanks to the tutelage of devoted teachers during a year of high school at what is now the Anglican International School in Jerusalem. Such inspirations encouraged and enabled her to specialize in weaving together Jewish literary sources, traditions and beliefs with the origins of Christianity, and teach about them on-site throughout Israel.

Miriam’s writing, in addition to translating and editing the works of scholars about events that took place millennia ago, has been complemented for over a decade by her work for the news desk of the critical, cutting-edge Israeli daily Haaretz. That combination is part and parcel of the complexities that make life in Israel a never-ending search for meaning.

Miriam is married to Arik, and is the mother of two wonderful daughters and sons-in-law and grandmother of five. She lives in Har Adar northwest of Jerusalem, in a “biblical triangle” that includes Kiriath Jearim, Chephirah (Josh. 9:17) and Emmaus (Luke 24:13–35).


The Scroll is a multi-generational historical novel about the survivors of the famous last stand of the Jewish rebels of Masada against the Roman army. Its story line is drawn from a real archaeological find – the divorce document of a real-life woman named Miriam, issued at Masada.