Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Languages and History and Jordan H. Kapson Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies
Biblical Studies/Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity
BA, MA, Brandeis University
MA, PhD, Harvard University
Research and Teaching Interests
Winitzer teaches ancient Near East languages (primarily Akkadian, Aramaic, and Hebrew), but his interests deal broadly with the cultural and intellectual history of the ancient Near East, and the place of these branches of history in the literature from this region. More particularly, it is the Akkadian literature from ancient Mesopotamia that forms the focus of his work, though a second major area involves Israel’s principal literary achievement, the Hebrew Bible, in its ancient Near Eastern context. His writings thus far have centered on Akkadian divination, the subject of his forthcoming book (Brill). Among his ongoing larger projects are studies on the Mesopotamian background of Israelite myth as well as on contemporary Near Eastern historiography.
Co-edited with David Vanderhooft. 2013. Literature as Politics, Politics as Literature: Essays on the Ancient Near East in Honor of Peter Machinist. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.
2014. “Assyriology and Jewish Studies in Tel Aviv: Ezekiel among the Babylonian Literati,” in Encounters by the Rivers of Babylon: Scholarly Conversations between Jews, Iranians, and Babylonians in Antiquity, ed. U. Gabbay and S. Secunda, 163-216. TSAJ; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.
2010. “Toward Assessing Ancient Near Eastern Scholarship: The Case of E. A. Speiser,” in Gazing on the Deep: Ancient Near Eastern and Other Studies in Honor of Tzvi Abusch, ed. J. Stackert, B. N. Porter, and D. P. Wright, 379-410. Bethesda, Md.: CDL Press.
2010. “The Divine Presence and Its Interpretation in Early Mesopotamian Divination,” in Divination and the Interpretation of Signs in the Ancient World, ed. A. Annus, 177-97. OIS 6; Chicago: The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.
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