MemberJonathan Valk

…PhD Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University; 2018
Ancient World
MPhil Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University; 2015
Ancient World (Assyriology and Ancient Near East)
MA University of Chicago; 2009
Middle Eastern Studies
BA University of Oxford; 2007
Oriental Studies (Jewish Studies)…
…ican Oriental Society 140(4): 889-900.
2020. Crime and Punishment: Deportation in the Levant in the Age of Assyrian Hegemony. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 384: 77-103.
2019. The Origins of the Assyrian King List. Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History 6(1): 1-17.
2016. “They Enjoy Syrup and Ghee at Tables of Silver and Gold”: Infant Loss in Ancient Mesopotamia. ­Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 59(5): 695-749.
2015. Representations of Power: …

University Lecturer in Assyriology at Leiden University specializing in the social and economic history of the Ancient Near East and in the theory of collective identity.

MemberDavid Harris

I am a doctoral student in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department at the University of Chicago.  I am part of the joint Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East program between NELC and the Divinity School.  I study Hebrew Bible, Northwest Semitic Philology and Comparative Semitic Linguistics.

MemberYael Landman

…n Lips and Tongues in Ancient Hebrew,” Vetus Testamentum 66 (2016): 66-77

Book Reviews

Review of: Jeremy D. Smoak, The Priestly Blessing in Inscription and Scripture: The Early History of Numbers 6:24-26, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016

Web-Based Articles

Dissertation Spotlight: The Biblical Law of Bailment in Its Ancient Near Eastern Contexts…

Hebrew Bible; ancient Near East; biblical, cuneiform, and early Jewish law; law and literature; Semitic linguistics My work examines the Hebrew Bible in comparison with ancient Near Eastern sources and draws on contemporary legal and literary theory and linguistics, with further recourse to ancient Jewish sources and medieval exegesis. I am currently transforming my dissertation into a book entitled Legal Practice, Legal Writing: The Biblical Bailment Law and Divine Justice.  I am Acquisitions Editor of Hebrew Bible, Ancient Near East, and Jewish Studies at Gorgias Press. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, email me at I am currently Visiting Research Fellow in Judaic Studies at CUNY Brooklyn College.

MemberTatjana P. Beuthe

My research centres on the archaeology of Egypt, Sudan, and the Ancient Near East. Specific interests include administrative systems and manufacturing industries in these regions, burial customs over time, and the development of ancient architectural landscapes. I employ a primarily non-iconographic approach by examining artifacts from a holistic perspective through find locations, the origins of raw material, and use-wear. The motifs and appearance of objects are considered in conjunction with findings from these analyses.

MemberYitzhaq Feder

My research pursues a synthesis between traditional philological study of ancient texts and naturalistic lines of inquiry pursued by the cognitive science of religions, integrating psychological and philosophical approaches to the human mind and behavior. I have published numerous articles on purity and pollution in the ancient Near East, Hebrew Bible and the Dead Seas Scrolls, including a recent article in Cognitive Science exploring the implications of this research for psychological and evolutionary theory. My most recent research focuses on biblical notions of taboo and their implications for understanding the relationship between emotion and morality.

MemberJonathan Schmidt-Swartz

…#8220;The Joseph Narrative, Inheritance Disputes, and Property Law.” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Biblical Law Section, Virtual: December 1, 2020.

“Theorizing Kingship Through ‘Service’: Reciprocity, Authority, and Historiography.” ASOR Annual
Meeting, State and Territory in the Ancient Near East: Mapping Relationships and Challenging Paradigms, Virtual: November 21, 2020.

“Movement, Social Location, and Identity Distinction: Benjaminite Migration in the Hebrew Bible.” The Center for Ancient Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate Conference, Movement, Mobility, and the Journey: Ancient Actions…
…2021 (expected)
Ph.D., New York University, New York, NY
Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Concentration: Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East
Dissertation: “Recasting Kingship: Power, Disrupted History, and Scribal Adaptation”
Committee: Daniel E. Fleming (chair); Mark S. Smith

M.Phil., New York University, New York, NY
Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies

A.B. summa cum laude, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Majors: Comparative Literature and Religious Studies
Minors: Near Eastern Studies and Jewish Studies
Advisor: Lauren A. S. Monroe

Religious Studies Tripos Part IIB, The University of Cambridg…

Jonathan Schmidt-Swartz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University focusing on Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East. His primary research interests and dissertation focus broadly on the intersection of ancient scribal culture, critical theory, and kingship. More specifically, his dissertation aims to trace the intellectual history and historiography of kingship in more concrete terms, namely, by determining how post-monarchic scribes reinterpreted sources they inherited; how the juxtapositions of monarchic sources to their post-monarchic framings entails a two-way reinterpretation between older and newer texts. Unlike previous studies on the history of kingship in Israel-Judah, his work seeks to unpack the differing notions of kingship — the power dynamics between the king, Yahweh, and the people — through the lens of specific scribal practices as his guiding method. His objective is to understand, recognize, and begin to pull apart the layered conceptions of kingship on display in the Bible’s primary narrative about the kingdoms and recognize at once the conscious diachronic juxtaposition of sources by scribes and their synchronic multivalent unity. Dissertation: Recasting Kingship: Power, Disrupted History, and Scribal Adaptation Interests: Hebrew Bible, Ancient Near East, Critical Theory, Scribal Culture, Religious Studies/History of Religions, History/Historiography, Jewish Studies, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Public Humanities

MemberZachary Margulies

I am a doctoral candidate at New York University, studying the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East under the advisement of Mark S. Smith. My dissertation is a study of the poetic laments over fallen warriors in the Homeric Epic tradition and the Hebrew Bible. Dissertation “David, Achilles, and the Women’s Laments: Lamentation over the Fallen Warrior in the Hebrew Bible and Homeric Epics” Interests Hebrew Bible, Biblical Poetry, Early/Archaic Greek Poetry, Oral Poetics, Eastern Mediterranean Cross-cultural Interaction, Levantine Archaeology

MemberJacob Lauinger



2015 Following the Man of Yamhad: Settlement and Territory at Old Babylonian Alalah. Culture and History of the Ancient Near East 75. Leiden/Boston.
Reviews: A. Jacquet, Revue d’Assyriologie 111 (2017): 181-85; M. Sigrist, Revue
Biblique 124 (2017): 616.
2015 Texts and Contexts: Approaches to Textual Circulation and Transmission in the Cuneiform

World, ed. with P. Delnero. Studies in Ancient Near Eastern Records 9. Berlin/Boston: Walter DeGruyter.


Peer-Reviewed Articles

2019 Literary Connections and Social Contexts: Approaches to Deuteronomy in Light of the Assyrian adê-tradition. Hebrew Bible and Ancient Isra…

Jacob Lauinger is an Assyriologist who focuses on Akkadian cuneiform texts of the first and second millennium B.C with an interest in peripheral (i.e. extra-Mesopotamian) dialects of Akkadian.  His research focuses on the social, legal, and economic history of the ancient Near East and, in particular, on approaching cuneiform tablets from both philological and archaeological perspectives in order to better define the social contexts in which they were written, used, and stored. In this regard, he is fortunate to serve as the epigrapher for three archeological excavations, Koç University’s Tell Atchana (Alalah) Excavations, the University of Toronto’s Tayinat Archaeological Project, and the Sirwan Regional Project’s Khani Masi Excavations.  His first book (Following the Man of Yamhad, Brill 2015) explored questions of land tenure and political territoriality at Middle Bronze Age Alalah, while his curreent book project focuses on the Satue of Idrimi from Late Bronze Age Alalah.

MemberJustin J. White

My research focuses on the intersection between the visual and the verbal (and eventually text). I explore how to characterize the image-text relationships between the visual culture of the ancient Near East and the eastern Mediterranean more broadly and biblical literature, including texts of the Hebrew Bible as well as other Second Temple literature, such as evidenced in the Dead Sea Scrolls. So far my work has included: considering theories of the image, the use of common visual motifs in verbal images, and how narrative production reflects interaction with the visual. More broadly I am interest in the ways in which discussion of the image-text relationships evinced in the Hebrew Bible can contribute to interdisciplinary discussions of image-text relationships in antiquity.