Jeremy D. Smoak

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Dr. Jeremy Smoak, UCLA

 

Lecturer, Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East

 

Office:

376 Humanities
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1511

Hours: TR 12:30–1:30
Phone: (310) 825-4165
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    Education

    Ph.D. UCLA, Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitics
    M.A. UCLA, Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitics

    Academic Appointments

    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

    2010-Present - Visiting Lecturer, University of California, Santa Barbara (Department of Religious Studies) [web]

    Current Research Interests

    Inner-biblical Exegesis
    Israelite Religions
    Northwest Semitic Inscriptions
    The Ketef Hinnom Amulets
    The History of the Priestly Blessing in the First Millennium BCE
    The Temple as Sacred Space in Ancient Israel and Early Judaism

    Recent Awards

    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

    Publications

    Articles

    "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]

    Dictionary Articles

    "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.

    Academic Service

    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)

    UCLA Courses

    JS150A: Bible and Apocrypha
    HEB110A: Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
    HEB110C: Readings in Biblical Hebrew Prose Texts
    ANE10W: Jerusalem, The Holy City
    NR EAST 50A: First Civilizations

    Courses Taught Elsewhere

    The Literature and Religion of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
    The Religions of the Ancient Near East