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Beth Alpert Nakhai

About Beth Alpert Nakhai

Office Location: Marshall Bldg., Suite 420

Beth Alpert Nakhai is an Associate Professor in the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, and an affiliated member of the School of Anthropology.  In addition, she is affiliated with the School of Middle East and North African Studies and the Religious Studies Program.  She is graduate advisor for Judaic Studies' Graduate Certificate Program.  She received her Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology from The University of Arizona.  Her publications focus on the lives of women in antiquity, on Canaanite and Israelite religion and culture, on Israelite ethnogenesis and village life, and on women working in the field of Near Eastern archaeology.  Her books include Archaeology and the Religions of Canaan and Israel, as well as two edited volumes (The Near East in the Southwest: Essays in Honor of William G. Dever; The World of Women in the Ancient and Classical Near East) and three co-edited volumes (Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Archaeology; Celebrate Her for the Fruit of Her Hands: Studies in Honor of Carol L. Meyers; Household Religion: Toward a Synthesis of Old Testament Studies, archaeology, Epigraphy, Epigraphy, and Cultural Studies).  In addition, she is the author of numerous articles and lectures widely on various topics.  She co-directed the Tell el-Wawiyat (Israel) Excavation Project and is currently preparing the publication of that site.  She served on the Board of Directors of the American Schools of Oriental Research and chairs its Initiative on the Status of Women.  She is an officer of the W. F. Albright School of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, serving as its secretary.

 

Selected Publications

PUBLICATIONS (book author):

2001   Archaeology and the Religions of Canaan and Israel. Atlanta: American Schools of Oriental Research.

PUBLICATIONS (book editor):

2015    Co-editor. Celebrate Her for the Fruit of Her Hands: Studies in Honor of Carol L. Meyers, with S.    Ackerman and C. Carter. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.

2014    Co-editor. Household Religion: Toward a Synthesis of Old Testament Studies, Archaeology, Epigraphy, and Cultural Studies; Proceedings of the International Conference at Westfälisches Wilhelms-Universität Münster, April 1st-3rd, 2009, with R. Albertz, R. Schmitt and S. Olyan. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.

2013    Senior editor. Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Archaeology. Editor in-chief D. Master. New York:              Oxford University Press.

2008    The World of Women in the Ancient and Classical Near East. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2003    The Near East in the Southwest: Essays in Honor of William G. DeverAnnual of the American Schools of Oriental Research 58. Atlanta: American Schools of Oriental Research.

PUBLICATIONS (articles):

2019    Baby Burials in the Middle Bronze AgeBiblical Archaeology Review45/4-5: 41-44, 90.

2019    Women in Israelite Religion: The State of Research Is All New ResearchReligions.

http://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/Israelite

            doi:10.3390/rel10020122

2018    A World of Possibilities: Jerusalem’s Women in the Iron Age (1000-586 BCE).  Pp. 369-392 in Gender and Methodology in the Ancient Near East: Approaches from Assyriology and Beyond,eds. S. L. Budin, M. Cifarelli, A. Garcia-Ventura and A. Millet Albà.  Barcino Monographica Orientalia 10.  Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona.

2018    Factors Complicating the Reconstruction of Women’s Lives in Iron Age Israel (1200-587 B.C.E.). Pp. 289-313 in Studying Gender in the Ancient Near East, eds. S. Svärd and A. Garcia-Ventura. State College, PA: Eisenbrauns.

2018    When Considering Infants and Jar Burials in the Middle Bronze Age Southern Levant. Pp. 100-28 in Tell It in Gath: Studies in the History and Archaeology of Israel. Essays in Honor of A. M. Maier on the Occasion of His Sixtieth Birthday, eds. I. Shai, J. R. Chadwick, L. Hitchcock, A. Dagan, C. McKinney and J. Uziel. Ägypten und Altes Testament 90. Münster: Zaphon.

2015    Where to Worship? Religion in Iron II Israel and Judah. Pp. 90-101 in Defining the Sacred: Approaches to the Archaeology of Religion in the Near East, ed. N. Laneri. Oxford, UK: Oxbow Books.

2015    Plaque and Recumbent Figurines of the Late Bronze II. Pp. 327-56 in Celebrate Her for the Fruit of Her Hands: Studies in Honor of Carol L. Meyers, eds. S. Ackerman, C. Carter and B. Alpert Nakhai. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.

2014    The Household as Sacred Space.Pp. 53-71 in Household Religion: Toward a Synthesis of Old Testament Studies, Archaeology, Epigraphy, and Cultural Studies; Proceedings of the International Conference at Westfälisches Wilhelms-Universität Münster, April 1st-3rd, 2009, eds. R. Albertz, B. Alpert Nakhai, S. Olyan and R. Schmitt. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.

2014    Mother-and-Child Figurines in the Late Bronze–Persian Period Levant. Pp. 165-98 in Material Culture Matters: Essays on the Archaeology of the Southern Levant in Honor of Seymour Gitineds. J. Spencer, R. Mullins and A. Brody. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns. 

2011    Varieties of Religious Expression in the Domestic Setting. Pp. 347-60 in Household Archaeology in Ancient Israel and Beyond, eds. A. Yasur-Landau, J. R. Ebeling and L. B. Mazow. Culture and History of the Ancient Near East 50. Leiden: Brill.

2008    Female Infanticide in Iron II Israel and Judah. Pp. 245-60 in Sacred History, Sacred Literature: Essays on Ancient Israel, the Bible and Religion in Honor of R. E. Friedman on His 60thBirthday, ed. S. Dolansky. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns,

2008    Contextualizing Village Life in the Iron Age I. Pp. 121-37 in Israel in Transition: From Late Bronze II to Iron IIa (c. 1250-850 BCE). Volume 1: The Archaeology, ed. L. L. Grabbe. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 491; European Seminar in Historical Methodology 7. London: Continuum.

2008  Central Commenary: R'eih.  Pp. 1115-33 in The Torah: A Women's Commentary, eds. T. C. Eskenazi and A. L. Weiss.  New York: URJ Press and Women of Reform Judaism.

2007    Gender and Archaeology in Israelite ReligionCompass Religion1/5: 512-28.

2005    Daily Life in the Ancient Near East: New Thoughts on an Old TopicReligious Studies Review: A Quarterly Review of Publications in the Field of Religion and Related Disciplines31/3-4: 147-53. 

2003    Israel on the Horizon: The Galilee in the Iron I. Pp. 131-51 in The Near East in the Southwest: Essays in Honor of William G. Dever, ed. B. Alpert Nakhai. Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research 58. Atlanta: ASOR. 

1999   Israelite Religion beyond the Temple: The Archaeological Witness. The World of the Bible 1: 38‑43.

1994    What's a Bamah? How Sacred Space Functioned in Ancient Israel. Biblical Archaeology Review20:18‑29, 77‑78.

1999     A Landscape Comes to Life: The Iron I Period. Near Eastern Archaeology62/2: 62-92, 101-27, with E. Bloch-Smith.

1993    Tell el‑Wawiyat. Pp. 1500-1 in The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, vol. 4, ed. E. Stern. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, with J. P. Dessel and B. L. Wisthoff.

1990    Tell el‑Wawiyat (Bet Netofa Valley) ‑ 1987. Excavations and Surveys in Israel 1988/89(Vol. 7‑8): 183-84. Jerusalem: Hadashot Archaeologiyot, with J. P. Dessel and B. L. Wisthoff.

1989    Tell el‑Wawiyat, 1987. Israel Exploration Journal39/1‑2: 102‑4, with J. P. Dessel and B. L. Wisthoff.

1988    Tell el‑Wawiyat. Revue biblique 95/2: 247‑51, with J. P. Dessel and B. L. Wisthoff.

1988    Tell el‑Wawiyat, 1986. Excavations and Surveys in Israel 1987/88(Vol. 6): 100-2. Jerusalem: Hadashot Archaeologiyot, with J. P. Dessel and B. L. Wisthoff.

1987    Tell elWawiyat.Israel Exploration Journal 37/2‑3: 181‑85, with J. P. Dessel and B. L. Wisthoff.

 

BLOG POSTS (ASOR BLOG @ asorblog.org):

  • Keeping Fieldwork Safe from Sexual Harassment and Violence (3/20/15)

            http://asorblog.org/2015/03/20/keeping-fieldwork-safe-from-sexual-harassment-and-physical-violence/

  • Celebrating Carol Meyers(2/13/2015)

            http://asorblog.org/celebrating-carol-meyers/

  • Breaking In: Women’s Representation in Archaeology(Valerie Schlegel, 1stauthor; 3/21/14)

            http://asorblog.org/?p=7096

  • Women on ASOR’s Board of Trustees (3/20/14)

            http://asorblog.org/?p=7080

  • The Status of Women in ASOR(7/9/12)

            http://asorblog.org/?p=2631

PODCASTS:

  • Bloomberg podcast: Game Plan; hosts Rebecca Greenfield and Francesca Levy; 25 Oct. 2017 

Episode entitled The Harvey Weinstein in Your Industry

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-25/the-harvey-weinstein-in-your-industry-j9742flyAssociation for Jewish Studies podcast: Adventures in Jewish Studies; host Jeremy Shere; 14 Feb. 2019

  • Episode entitled The Origin of the Jews

 

https://www.associationforjewishstudies.org/public-programs/adventures-in-jewish-studies-podcast

SYMPOSIUM ORGANIZER and EXHIBITION CURATOR:

1. Torah Restoration Project: Daylong Workshop with Rabbi Menachem Salazar on the Judaic Studies Torah Scroll. 2/4/14

 Interview on KUAT-TV’s Arizona Illustrated (4/8/14)

 https://originals.azpm.org/p/azill-science/2014/4/8/32245-ua-houses-a-mysterious-biblical-document/

2. On the Verge of a Paradigmatic Shift? Symposium on the U.S.-Israel Relationship. The University of Arizona. 11/29/11

 http://judaic.arizona.edu/sites/judaic.arizona.edu/files/filesnews/JUS%20Newsletter%20page%2011.pdf

http://judaic.arizona.edu/symposium_panel

http://azjewishpost.com/2011/u-s-israel-relations-topic-for-ua-symposium/

http://azjewishpost.com/2011/ua-symposium-delves-into-u-s-israel-ties

3. Writings Out of Time: The University of Arizona’s Cuneiform Collection. Archaeological exhibit on display in Special Collections Library, The University of Arizona. Fall semester 2009

 http://www.library.arizona.edu/news/entries/view/2391

The Roots of Literacy in the Ancient Near East. Lecture series, held in conjunction with Writings Out of Time: The University of Arizona’s Cuneiform Collection. Fall semester 2009

Interview on KUAT-TV’s Arizona Illustrated 10/29/09

 https://www.azpm.org/s/3650-cuneiform-collection/

 https://ondemand.azpm.org/videoshorts/watch/2009/10/29/kuat-cuneiform-colllection/

 

Courses Taught

Ancient Near East: Ancient Civilizations of the Near East; In the Beginning: Roots of Western Culture

Israel in Antiquity: Archaeology and the Bible; History and Religion of Ancient Israel in the First Temple Period; History and Religion of Ancient Israel in the Second Temple Period; Women in Ancient Israel

Hebrew Language: Biblical Hebrew (Introductory, Advanced); Modern Hebrew (First Year)

Judaic Studies: Introduction to Judaism; Women in Judaism 

Areas of Study

My current research project focuses on women working in the field of Near Eastern archaeology.

Projects

AMERICAN SCHOOLS OF ORIENTAL RESEARCH:

I served on the Board of Trustees of the American Schools of Oriental Research since 2002.  Particularly important to me is my work as head of ASOR's new Initiative on the Status of Women.  I am working with others to document - and improve - the status of women in ASOR and in the field of Near Eastern archaeology. 

 
CO-DIRECTOR, TELL EL-WAWIYAT (ISRAEL) EXCAVATION:

Tell el-Wawiyat, a four-dunam site in the Beit Netofah Valley in Israel’s Lower Galilee, was excavated in 1986 and 1987.  Excavation of the site was co-directed by J. P. Dessel, Bonnie L. Wisthoff, and myself.  The excavation was funded by The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, with the support of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem and the American Schools of Oriental Research.  Funding for publication is provided by a grant from The Shelby White – Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications.  I am currently working with Dessel (University of Tennesse) on the site publication.

 

Research Interests

 

  • Archaeology of Western Asia
  • Women in antiquity
  • Women working in Near Eastern archaeology
  • Biblical studies and biblical Hebrew
  • Religion in Canaan and Israel
  • Israel in the Iron Age and later periods
  • Israelite ethnogenesis
  • Household religion

 

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Contact Information

Associate Professor of Anthropology (Judaic Studies)
Telephone: 520-626-5762
Fax: 520-626-5767
Office: Louise Foucar Marshall Bldg, Room 420
Office Hours: By appointment

Degree(s)

Ph.D., The University of Arizona

         Syro-Palestinian Archaeology; Biblical Studies. Department of Near Eastern Studies. 1993

M.A., The University of Arizona

          Syro-Palestinian Archaeology; Biblical Studies. Department of Oriental Studies. 1985

M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School

            Old Testament; New Testament. 1979

B.A., Connecticut College

           Government. 1972

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