Abraham Winitzer

Abraham Winitzer

Jordan H. Kapson Associate Professor of Jewish Studies

Primary Field of Study: Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity


Ph.D. Harvard University

Research and Training Interests

Intellectual Biography of A. Leo Oppenheim

Selected Publications

“Old Signs in New Dress? On the Meaning of Inanna’s Symbol as Sign and ‘Presence’ in Early Babylonian Divination” in “The Scaffolding of Our Thoughts”: Essays on Assyriology and the History of Science in Honor of Francesca Rochberg. ed. J. Chrisostomo et al. (AMD 13; Boston: Brill, 2018), 26-57.

Early Mesopotamian Divination Literature: Its Organizational Framework and Generative and Paradigmatic Characteristics. AMD 12. Boston: Brill, 2017.

“Conceptions of Mesopotamian Divination,” in Archiv für Orientforschung, forthcoming (2018)

“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 (TSAJ 160; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014), 163-216.

Editor, The Babylonian Diaspora, Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel 8 (2018). 

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions.


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.


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