The Harvard University Hebrew Bible program is jointly run between:
1. The Harvard
(Th.D. program, overseen by the Committee for the Study of Religion) and
2. The Department of Near Eastern Languages
and Civilizations (NELC)
(Ph.D. program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, part of the
Faculty of Arts and Sciences, housed in the Semitic Museum).
3. The Hebrew Bible program with concentration
in Archaeology also has ties to
the Department of Anthropology, housed in the Peabody Museum.
4. Harvard runs an Archaeological Excavation at Ashkelon in Israel under the direction of Professor Lawrence Stager, at which Hebrew Bible students are expected to dig for at least one season. I did mine in the summer of 1984, and loved every minute.
I embarked upon the Hebrew Bible program at Harvard in the fall of 1991 through the Divinity School, with Ted Hiebert as my advisor. I passed my General Exams in November 1995 with concentration in Pre-Exilic History and specialization in Ancient Near Eastern Law (examiners J. Hackett, L. Stager, P. Machinist). My dissertation is on "The Jubilee Transformation: From Social Welfare to Hope of Restoration to Spiritual Salvation in Leviticus 25." Profs. Paul Hanson, P. Machinist and L. Stager are on my dissertation committee, with further help from Profs. Gary Anderson, Francois Bovon and Frank Cross.
While at Harvard I worked as a Research Assistant for Frank Cross, as a Library Circulation Assistant for Andover-Harvard Library (under Laura Whitney), as a Teaching Fellow for ANE120 (Intro to Hebrew Bible, under Michael Coogan), FC40 (Cultural Legacy of the ANE, under Paul Hanson), and MR54 (Theism and Moral Reasoning, under Jay Harris), as a Nonresident Tutor at Quincy House, and as a Dig Volunteer for the Harvard Archaeological Excavation at Ashkelon in Israel, directed by Lawrence Stager (1994).
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