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The Bible and the Ancient Near East – Lecturers

Dr. Doron Ben-Ami

Doron is a lecturer at the Rothberg International School, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Bible and the Ancient Near East Department Courses in the divisions of both the Undergraduate and Graduate Studies. He has a Ph.D, Institute of Archaeology from The Hebrew University.

Thesis: The Galilee and the Hula Valley during the Early Iron Age II:  The Characteristics of the Material Culture in Northern Israel in View of the Recent Excavations at Tel Hazor. M.A., Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University.

Thesis: The first Israelite city at Hazor: Its characteristics and chronological setting.

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Dr. Mordechai Cogan

Mordechai Cogan, Ph.D., is professor emeritus in the Department of Jewish History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has written widely on the political and cultural connections between ancient Israel and the empires of the ancient Near East. He is the author of many studies and books, among them: Imperialism and Religion; The Raging Torrent: Historical Inscriptions from Assyria and Babylonia Relating to Ancient Israel; Bound for Exile: Israelites and Judeans Under Imperial Yoke, Documents from Assyria and Babylonia; commentaries in the Anchor Bible series on 1 Kings; 2 Kings (with Prof. Hayim Tadmor); commentaries in Hebrew in the Mikra Leyisrael (Bible for Israel) series on Obadiah; Joel; Nahum; and 1 and 2 Kings.

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Dr. Barak Dan

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Barak Dan has worked at the Academy of the Hebrew Language since 1997 and since the summer of 1998 has taught at the Hebrew University, where he also earned his three degrees. Barak Dan’s doctoral dissertation was written about The Targum of Psalms (A Morphological Description), and his main fields of teaching and research are Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic.

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Dr. Tania Notarius

Biblical Hebrew Language and Philology, Historical linguistics of Biblical Hebrew, Archaic Hebrew, Biblical Poetry; Ancient North-West Semitic philology, Ugaritic, Old Canaanite, Phoenician, Ancient Hebrew Epigraphy; Aramaic epigraphy and dialects, Mandaic language and literature; Masoretic Tradition and Cantillation; Second Language Acquisition

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Dr. Tarja Philip 

Dr. Tarja Philip was born in Finland, married, mother of three and grandmother of four. She studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Where she earned a B.A. in Bible and on Jewish History. In 1992 she earned a teaching Certificate at the School of Education and in 1996 a M.A. in the Bible Department. From 1999-2001 she studied in the Department of anthropology and sociology and in the Lafer Center for gender studies. In 2003 she earned her Ph.D. in the Bible Department. She has taught from  1998-2002 in the Bible Department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and since 1997 in the Bible and Its World graduate program of Rothberg International School.

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Dr. Baruch J. Schwartz

Professor Baruch J. Schwartz (b. 1954) holds the J. L. Magnes Chair in Biblical Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Born in Philadelphia, he received his undergraduate degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (1976). After making aliya, he received his MA (1981) and PhD (1988) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has taught in the department of Bible since 1981 and in the Rothberg School since 1992.

Schwartz has also taught at several other universities in Israel and abroad, and he has served as visiting Professor at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the University of Chicago. He was a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

His work centers on the sources and composition of the Pentateuch, and he is a leading proponent of the Neo-Documentary Hypothesis. Other areas of research are Biblical religion and law, the classical prophetic literature and medieval Biblical exegesis. He is the author of The Holiness Legislation (1999) and of the commentary on Leviticus in The Jewish Study Bible (2004; second edition 2014) as well as numerous scholarly articles on Biblical topics.

Schwartz’s GSP courses include a two-semester sequence covering the historical-critical study of the books of the Hebrew Bible: Torah, Prophets and Writings; a text-intense seminar on the Documentary Hypothesis; and advanced seminars on the Books of Exodus, Leviticus and Ezekiel and on Biblical Law.


Dr. Elnathan Weissert

Mr. Elnathan Weissert is an instructor of Akkadian and the history of the Neo-Assyrian Empire. Together with Dr. Ronnie Goldstein of the Bible Department of the Hebrew University, he also teaches a comparative seminar on biblical and Assyro-Babylonian literature. His research interests focus on Neo-Assyrian royal inscriptions and historiography. Among other topics, he has published articles on the motif of the lion hunt in Ashurbanipal’s texts and reliefs and the employment of the literary device of allusion in Sennacherib’s account of the Battle of Ḫalule.


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