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PhD, Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitics, UCLA (2007)
MA, Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitics, UCLA (2003)
- Israelite Religions
- Northwest Semitic Inscriptions
- Biblical Literature
- The Priestly Blessing in Inscription and Scripture
- The Early History of Numbers 6:24-26
- Oxford University Press, 2015
Articles, Essays and Book Chapters
- The Temple in Jerusalem: Solomon’s Temple as Literary Artifact in 1 Kings 6–7 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, under contract).
- Ritual Space, Ritual Text: Reconstructing the Religions of Ancient Israel and Judah (London: Routledge, forthcoming) (co-author with Alice Mandell).
- “Inscribing Ancestral Identity in Ancient Judah,” in New Perspectives on Ritual in the Biblical World (eds. Laura Quick and Melissa Ramos; London: T. & T. Clark, forthcoming).
- “Spaces, Things, and the Body: The Material Turn in the Study of Israelite Religion,” Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (in press) (co-author Alice Mandell).
- “Speaking with a Divine Voice: The Rhetoric of Epistolary Performance in Numbers 6:22-27.” In Text and Ritual in the Pentateuch: A Systematic and Comparative Approach (ed. C. Nihan and J. Rhyder; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns) (in press).
- “Religion at Kuntillet ‘Ajrud,” Religions 10 (2019): 1-18 (co-author William M. Schniedewind).
- “Wearing Divine Words: In Life and Death,” Material Religion 15/4 (2019): 433-455.
- “Text in the City: Monumental Inscriptions in Jerusalem’s Urban Landscape,” in Size Matters: Extra-Large Building Projects in the Ancient World (eds. F. Buccellati, S. Hageneuer, S. van der Heyden, F. Levenson; Berlin: Transcripts, 2019), 309-344 (co-author Alice Mandell).
- “Holy Bowls: Inscribing Holiness in Ancient Israel,” Communicating through the Material in the Ancient World (eds. E. Cole and A. Mandell) MAARAV: A Journal for the Study of Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures 23/1 (2019): 69–92.
- “RIP: Reading Obituaries in Ancient Judah,” Ancient Near East Today vol. VI, no. 11 (2018) (co-author Alice Mandell).
- “Literacy beyond Reading, Writing beyond Epigraphy: Multimodality and the Study of Northwest Semitic Inscriptions,” MAARAV: A Journal for the Study of Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures 22/1-2 (2018): 79-112 (co-authored with Alice Mandell).
- “Words Unseen: The Power of Invisible Writing,” Biblical Archaeology Review (January/February, 2018), 53–59.
- “Jerusalem as Ritual Space.” In Routledge Handbook on Jerusalem (ed. S. Mourad, B. der Matossian, N. Koltun-Fromm; New York/London, 2018), 251-259.
- “Reading and Writing in the Dark at Khirbet el-Qom: The Literacies of Ancient Subterranean Judah,” Near Eastern Archaeology 80/3 (2017): 188-193 (co-authored with Alice Mandell).
- “Inscribing Temple Space: The Ekron Dedication as Monumental Text,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 76/2 (2017): 188-193.
- From Temple to Text: Text as Ritual Space and the Composition of Numbers 6:24–26,” Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 17/2 (2017): 10-26.
- Reconsidering the Function of Tomb Inscriptions in Ancient Judah: Khirbet Beit Lei as a Test Case,” Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions 16 (2016): 192-245. (co-authored with Alice Mandell)
- New Light on the Priestly Blessing from Ancient Judah,” The Ancient Near East Today (August 2016: Vol. IV, No. 8).
- “Kinship Terms,” in Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (vol. 4; Ledien: Brill, 2013): 470–477. (co-authored with Gary Rendsburg)
- “May Yahweh Bless You and Keep You from Evil: The Rhetorical Argument of Ketef Hinnom Amulet I and the Form of the Prayers for Deliverance in the Psalms,” Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions 12 (2012): 202-236.
- “Prayers of Petition” in the Psalms and West Semitic Inscribed Amulets: Efficacious Words in Metal and Prayers for Protection in Biblical Literature,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 36/1 (2011): 75-92.
- “Amuletic Inscriptions and the Background of YHWH as Guardian and Protector in Psalm 12,” Vetus Testamentum 60/3 (2010): 1–12. [web]
- “Assyrian Siege Warfare and the Background of a Biblical Curse,” Writing and Reading Warfare: Rhetoric, Gender, and Ethics and Ancient and Modern Contexts (Society of Biblical Literature Symposium Series, 2009).
- “Building Houses and Planting Vineyards: The Inner-biblical Discourse on an Ancient Israelite Wartime Curse,” Journal of Biblical Literature 127/1 (2008): 19–35.
Honors & Awards
- EPIC-Mellon Grant, UCLA (2017)
- Distinguished Teaching Award, UCLA (2016)
- Center for Jewish Studies Travel Research Grant, Tel Dan Israel (2016)
- CCLE IDP Grant, UCLA (Visualizing Ancient Jerusalem) (2015)
- A Digital Atlas of Jerusalem (Affordable Course Materials Initiative Award, UCLA) (2015)
- CCLE IDP Grant, UCLA (Visible Language: The Origins of Writing) (2014)
- Joseph Aviram Prize, American Schools of Oriental Research (2011)
- Regional Scholars Award, Society of Biblical Literature (2009)
- Jerusalem, the Holy City (Ancient Near East 10W)
- Visible Language: The Origins of Writing (Near East M20)
- Readings in Biblical Texts (Hebrew 120)
- Deuteronomistic History (Hebrew 188FL)
- Classical Prophetic Texts (Hebrew 188FL)
- The Religion of Ancient Israel (Ancient Near East M135)
- The Literary Traditions of Ancient Israel: Bible and Apocrypha (Jewish Studies 150A)
- The Religions of the Ancient Near East (Ancient Near East M185)
- First Civilizations (Ancient Near East 50A)
- Co-chair, Hebrew Bible, History, and Archaeology Program Unit, Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meetings (2009–2015)
- Steering Committee Member, Hebrew Bible, History, and Archaeology Program Unit, Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting (current-2015)
- Steering Committee Member, Methods in the Historiography of Ancient Israel and the Levant, Society of Biblical Literature/American Schools of Oriental Research Joint Program Unit