Jeremy D. Smoak
Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East
The Literary Traditions of Ancient Israel: Bible and Apocrypha (Jewish Studies 150A)
The Religions of Ancient Israel (Ancient Near East M135)
Visible Language: The Study of Writing (Near East M20)
Jerusalem, the Holy City (Ancient Near East 10W)
Readings in Biblical Texts (Hebrew 120)
The Religions of the Ancient Near East (Ancient Near East M185)
The Priestly Blessing in Inscription and Scripture: The Early History of Numbers 6:24-26 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).
"New Light on the Priestly Blessing in Ancient Judah," Journal of Jewish Studies (forthcoming)
"May Yahweh Bless You and Keep You from Evil: The Rhetorical Argument of Ketef Hinnom Amulet I and the Form of the Prayers for Deliverance in the Psalms," Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions 12 (2012): 202-236.
"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 36/1 (2011): 75-92.
"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 on an Ancient Israelite Wartime Curse," Journal of Biblical Literature 127/1 (2008): 19–35. [pdf]
Ph.D. UCLA, Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitics
2007-Present - Continuing 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
Affordable Course Materials Initiative Award: Jerusalem, the Holy City (UCLA) (2015)
CCLE Office of Instructional Development Award: Visible Language (UCLA) (2014)
Ross Research Grant, UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and the Irene and Michael Ross Endowment Fund in Yiddish and Jewish Studies (2013)
Ross Research Grant, UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and the Irene and Michael Ross Endowment Fund in Yiddish and Jewish Studies (2011)
Joseph Aviram Dorot Foundation Prize (American Schools of Oriental Research) (2011): "New Light on the Priestly Blessing in Ancient Judah"
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
Program Unit Chair, American Schools of Oriental Research and Society of Biblical Literature (Methods in the Historiography of Ancient Israel and the Levant)
Program Unit 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)