About

Jonathan Schmidt-Swartz is a doctoral student in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University focusing on Bible and the Ancient Near East. He received his A.B. summa cum laude in Religious Studies and Comparative Literature with minors in Near Eastern Studies and Jewish Studies from Cornell University in May 2015. He spent his junior year abroad at the University of Cambridge focusing on Bible and Modern Judaism. His primary research interests and dissertation focus broadly on the intersection of ancient scribal culture, critical theory, and kingship.

Education

2015-Present.    New York University, New York, NY

  • Ph.D. student, Bible and the Ancient Near East,
    Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies

  • Primary Advisor: Daniel E. Fleming

  • Secondary Advisor: Mark S. Smith


2011-2015.    Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • A.B. summa cum laude, Religious Studies; Comparative Literature; Minors: Jewish Studies; Near Eastern Studies

  • Advisor: Lauren Monroe

  • Honors Thesis: The Feasibility of a Nonpartisan “Biblical Archaeology”: A Case Study of Contemporary Religious Zionists’ Utilization of “Joshua’s Altar” on Mount Ebal/el-Burnat

  • Committee: Lauren Monroe, Jonathan Boyarin


2013-2014.    The University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

  • Tripos Part IIB, Theology and Religious Studies, Faculty of Divinity (Junior Year Abroad)

  • Supervisors: Nathan MacDonald, Daniel Weiss, Philip Jenson

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Negotiating the Boundaries of ‘Identity’: Benjamin at the Yahweh Festival of Shiloh.” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Historiography and the Hebrew Bible Section, Denver: November 19, 2018.

“Reexamining the Political-Legal Ideology of mišpaṭ hammelek (1 Samuel 8:11–18).” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Historiography and the Hebrew Bible Section, Boston: November 21, 2017.

Memberships

Society of Biblical Literature

Association for Jewish Studies

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