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Head of the Department: Prof. Ram Ben Shalom

Advisor to Undergraduate Students: Dr. Oded Zinger

Advisor to Graduate Students: Prof. Dmitry Shumsky

Department Secretary: Mrs. Iris Nahari
Telephone: 02-5881388
Office hours: Sunday: 11:30-14:30, Monday-Thursday: 10:00-13:00
Humanities Building, room 4409

Junior and Temporary Faculty


Dr. Amitai Baruchi-Unna
Room: 6134
2nd semester: Thursday, 12:15 - 13:0

Dr. Amitai Baruchi-Unna deals with history and historiography of the ancient Near East, particularly in Israel and Assyria.

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He is also interested in the history of worship in Israel, in search of ritual and other local traditions of cities in the Land of Israel. He published studies on the Book of Kings, on Assyrian royal inscriptions, and on the local traditions of Bethel and Jerusalem. In teaching political, cultural, geographical, and religious history of Israel in Biblical times, Dr. Baruchi-Unna emphasizes the broad context of Israel as an integral part of the ancient Near East, and the importance of critical unmediated reading of ancient sources.


Teaching fellow in the section of Biblical Period of the Department of Jewish History (since 2010)


Golda Meir fellow (2005)

Fellow in the 'Researchers of Jerusalem' program of Yad Ben Zvi Institute (2012-2013)

Selected publications

The Book of Kings 

The story of Hezekiah's Prayer (2 Kings 19) and Jeremiah's Polemic Concerning the Inviolability of Jerusalem, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 39.3 (2015), pp. 281-297

Two Clearings of Goats (I Kings 20: 27): An Interpretation Supported by an Akkadian Parallel, Journal of Biblical Literature 133/2 (2014), 247-249

Jehuites, Ahabites, and Omrides: Blood Kinship and Bloodshed, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (forthcoming)

Assyrian royal inscriptions

Genres Meet: Assurbanipal's Prayer in the Inscription L4 and the Bilingual Communal  Lamentations, in Time and History in the Ancient Near East - Proceedings of the 56th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Barcelona, July 26-30, 2010, eds. Lluis Feliu, et al. (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2013), pp. 611-623

Religion, Politics, and War: Gestures toward Babylonia in the Imgur-Enlil Inscription of Shalmaneser III of Assyria, ORIENT: Report of the Society for Near Eastern Studies in Japan 49 (2014), pp. 3-18

Esarhaddon's Prayer in the Inscription AsBbA as related to the mīs pî Ritual, Journal of Cuneiform Studies (forthcoming)

Reporting the Content of Divine Positive Response (annu kēnu) in Assyrian Royal Inscriptions, in “Now it happened in those days: Studies in Biblical, Assyrian, and other Ancient Near Eastern Historiography presented to Mordechai Cogan on his 75th Birthday, eds. S. Aḥituv, A. Baruchi-Unna, I. Ephʾal, T. Forti, and J.H. Tigay (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, forthcoming)

Local traditions

The Story of the Zeal of Phinehas and Congregational Weeping at Bethel, Vetus Testamentum 65 (2015), pp. 505-515

City of Justice: Jerusalem as Embodiment of Justice in the Prophecy of Isaiah son of Amoz, in, Study of Jerusalem through the Ages, eds. Y. Ben Arieh et al. (Jerusalem: Yad Ben Zvi, 2015), pp. 9-18 (Hebrew)

This is your God(s): Plural Forms Referring to the Noun Elohim and the Israelite Cultic Declaration, Shnaton. An Annual for Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies 25 (2016), pp. 141-152 (forthcoming; Hebrew)

Historical geography

Benjaminite Cities in Micah 1 in Light of a New Emendation, Judea and Samaria Research Studies 18 (2009), pp. 43-51 (Hebrew)

Geography of Biblical Land of Israel, in Jewish Study Bible2, eds. A. Berlin

and M. Z. Brettler (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 2119-2124


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Dr. Katharina Streit


Academic Interests: Pottery Neolithic and Chalcolithic of the southern Levant; Transregional Interactions; Middle and Late Bronze Age; Chronology; Radiocarbon Dating; Ceramic Typology; Iconography

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Current Projects: 

•      Between Collapse and Consolidation – The southern Levant at the Transition from the Middle to the Late Bronze Age

•      Excavations at Area S of Tel Lachish (starting 2017) in cooperation Dr. Felix Höflmayer (Austrian Academy of Sciences), funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF Grant No: Y 932-G25)

•      Ein el-Jarba Excavation project (2013-2016), funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Grant No.:



2012-2016: Hebrew University of Jerusalem: PhD in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Advisor: Prof. Yosef Garfinkel

Thesis title: The Near East Before Borders: Cultural Interaction between Mesopotamia, the Levant and Lower Egypt at 5800 - 5200 BC

2009-2012: Hebrew University of Jerusalem: MA in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, summa cum laude, Advisor: Prof. Yosef Garfinkel

Thesis: Re-evaluating the Ubaid: Synchronizing 6th and 5th millennium BC Mesopotamia and the Levant

2006-2009: University of Oxford: BA in Archaeology & Anthropology

2004-2005: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg: Zwischenprüfung in Medieval Archaeology and Prehistory


Selected Publications:


Edited Volumes:

Ganor, S.; Kreimerman, I.; Streit, K. and M. Mumcuoglu (2016): From Sha'ar Hagolan to Shaaraim: Essays in honor of Prof. Yosef Garfinkel. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society.

Articles: (peer reviewed)

Streit, K. (2016): Exploring the Wadi Rabah Culture from the 6th millennium cal BCE: Further Excavations at Ein el-Jarba in the Jezreel Valley, Israel (2015–2016). Strata: The Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society 34: 11—38.

Streit, K. (2016): The Near East before Borders: Recent Excavations at Ein el-Jarba (Israel) and the Cultural Interactions of the 6th millennium cal B.C.E. Near Eastern Archaeology 79(4): 236—245.

Streit, K. and Höflmayer, F. (2016): Archaeomagnetism, Radiocarbon Dating, and the Problem of Circular Reasoning in Chronological Debates – Reply to Stillinger et al. (2016). Near Eastern Archaeology 79(4): 233—235.

Streit, K. (2015): Exploring the Wadi Rabah Culture of the 6th millennium cal BC: Renewed Excavations at Ein el-Jarba in the Jezreel Valley, Israel (2013-2015). Strata 33: 11-34.

Streit, K (2015): Interregional Contacts in the 6th millennium BC: Tracing Foreign Influences in the Holemouth Jar from Ein el-Jarba, Israel. Levant 47(3): 255-266.

Streit, K. and Garfinkel, Y. (2015): A Specialized Ceramic Assemblage for Water Pulling: The Middle Chalcolithic Well of Tel Tsaf. Bulletin of the American School of Oriental Research 374: 61-73.

Streit, K. and Garfinkel, Y. (2015): Tel Tsaf and the impact of the Ubaid culture on the southern Levant: Interpreting the radiocarbon evidence. Radiocarbon 57(5): 865-880.

Streit, K. and Garfinkel, Y. (2015): Horned figurines made of stone from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods and the domestication of sheep and goat. Palestine Exploration Quarterly 147(1): 39-48.

Garfinkel, Y.; Streit, K.; Ganor, S.; Reimer, P.J. (2015): King David’s City at Khirbet Qeiyafa: Results of the second radiocarbon dating project. Radiocarbon 57(5): 881-890.

Garfinkel, Y.; Streit, K. and Ganor, S. (2012): State formation in Judah: Biblical tradition, modern historical theories and radiometric datings from Khirbet Qeiyafa. Radiocarbon 54(3-4): 359-369.

Articles: (edited volumes)


Mazar, A.; and Streit, K. (in press): Chapter 48 - Radiometric dates from Tel Rehov. In: Mazar, A. (eds.): Excavations at Tel Rehov. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society   

Streit, K. (2016): Protohistoric Infant Jar Burials of the Southern Levant in Context: Tracing Cultural Influences in the Late Sixth and Fifth Millennia BCE. In: Ganor, S.; Kreimerman, I.; Streit, K. and M. Mumcuoglu (2016): From Sha'ar Hagolan to Shaaraim: Essays in honor of Prof. Yosef Garfinkel. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society.

Streit, K.; Favis, R.; Garfinkel, Y. (in press): Final publication of Kaplan’s 1966 excavation at Ein el-Jarba. In: Gopher, A. (ed.): Kaplan’s Protohistoric Excavations in Israel.    

Garfinkel, Y.; and Streit, K. (2014): Radiometric dating of the Iron Age city. In: Garfinkel, Y.; Ganor, S.; Hasel, M. (eds.): Khirbet Qeiyafa Vol. 2. Excavation Report 2009-2013: Stratigraphy and Architecture (Areas B, C, D, E). Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society.


Book Reviews:

Streit, K. (2016): Review of „‘Interpreting the Late Neolithic of Upper Mesopotamia‘ edited by O.P. Nieuwenhuyse, R. Bernbeck, P.M.M.G. Akkermans, and J. Rogasch“. American Journal of Archaeology.

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