Abraham Winitzer

Abraham  Winitzer

Associate Professor
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.

Recent Publications


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.


Book Chapters:
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.



2013. “A  New  OB  Collection  of  pada¢num  and  Related  Omens  in  Los Angeles,” Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 103 (2013): 162-82.
2013. “Etana in Eden: New Light on the Mesopotamian and Biblical Tales in Their Semitic Context,” Journal of the American Oriental Society 133 (2013): 441-65.
2013. “More Nebuchadnezzar II Brick Inscriptions, in Jerusalem,” Akkadica 134 (2013): 82-83.
2011. “The Reversal of Fortune Theme in Esther: Israelite Historiography in Its Ancient Near Eastern Context,” Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions 11 (2011): 170-218.
2011. “Writing and Mesopotamian Divination: The Case of Alternative Interpretation,” in Journal of Cuneiform Studies 63 (2011): 77-94.
2010. “Hazor 17: Another Clay Liver Model” in Israel Exploration Journal, with W. Horowitz and T. Oshima, Israel Exploration Journal 60 (2010): 133-45.


343 Malloy Hall
Email: winitzer.1@nd.edu