Jeremy D. Smoak
Lecturer, Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East
Ph.D. UCLA, Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitics
2007-Present - Lecturer in Hebrew Bible, University of California, Los Angeles (Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures)
2007-Present - Lecturer, Center for Jewish Studies
Current Research Interests
2011 Ross Research Grant, UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and the Irene and Michael Ross Endowment Fund in Yiddish and Jewish Studies
Joseph Aviram Dorot Foundation Prize (American Schools of Oriental Research) for Best Paper of the Year (2011)
Regional Scholar Award, Society of Biblical Literature West Coast Division (2009–2010) for paper "May YHWH Bless You and Guard You: New Light on the Priestly Blessing and Israelite Religions from Ketef Hinnom Jerusalem
Dissertation Year Fellowship, Division of Humanities, UCLA, 2006-2007
Quality of Graduate Education Award, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA, 2005
University of California Regents Award, Division of Humanities, UCLA, 2004-2005
Research Mentorship Award, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures UCLA, 2003-2004
University of California Regents Award, Division of Humanities 2000-2002
"May Yahweh Bless You and Guard You from Evil: The Structure and Content of Ketef Hinnom Amulet I and the Background of the Prayers for Deliverance in the Psalms," Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions. (forthcoming, 2011)
"Prayers of Petition” in the Psalms and West Semitic Inscribed Amulets: Efficacious Words in Metal and Prayers for Protection in Biblical Literature," Journal for the Study of the Old Testament. (forthcoming, 2011)
"Amuletic Inscriptions and the Background of YHWH as Guardian and Protector in Psalm 12," Vetus Testamentum 60/3 (2010): 1–12. [web]
"Assyrian Siege Warfare and the Background of a Biblical Curse," Writing and Reading Warfare: Rhetoric, Gender, and Ethics and Ancient and Modern Contexts (Society of Biblical Literature Symposium Series, 2009).
"Building Houses and Planting Vineyards: The Inner-biblical Discourse over an Ancient Israelite Wartime Curse," Journal of Biblical Literature 127/1 (2008): 19–35. [pdf]
"Biblical Hebrew Kinship Terminology," Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (Series Editor; Gary Rendsburg; Leiden: Brill), forthcoming.
"Agricultural Imagery in the Old Testament" in Encyclopedia of Bible and Religion (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter), forthcoming.
"Arubboth" in Encyclopedia of Bible and Religion (Berlin: Walter de Gruyer), forthcoming.
"Abu Hawwam, Tel" in Encyclopedia of Bible and Religion (Berlin: Walter de Gruyer), forthcoming.
"Ar" in Encyclopedia of Bible and Religion (Berlin: Walter de Gruyer), forthcoming.
"Scribe" in New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (Abingdon Press), 2009.
Program Chair, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Hebrew Bible, History, and Archaeology Session, 2009–current)
Faculty Consultant, UCLA Common Collaboration Learning Environment Usability Focus Group, 2010
Session Chair, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Hebrew Bible, History, and Archaeology Session, 2006–2008)
Courses Taught Elsewhere
The Literature and Religion of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament