Benjamin Sass
sass@post.tau.ac.il

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Education
   BA - Hebrew University, 1972
   MA - Hebrew University, 1982
   Ph.D. - Tel Aviv University, 1985
   Ph.D. Dissertation:
     The Genesis of the Alphabet and its Development
     in the Second Millennium B.C.

Current Projects

  • Aramaic Stamp Impressions on Sixth-Century-BC Bricks from the German Excavations at Babylon
  • The Iconography of the Seals with West Semitic Inscriptions
  • The Small Finds from the Excavations of Megiddo and Lachish

Selected Publications

  Books

  • Sass, B. 1988. The Genesis of the Alphabet and its Development in the Second Millennium B.C. Agypten und Altes Testament 13), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
  • Sass, B. 1991. Studia Alphabetica: On the Origin and Early History of the Northwest Semitic, South Semitic and Greek Alphabets (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis 102), Fribourg: Universitatsverlag; Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
  • Sass, B. and Uehlinger, Ch. eds. 1993. Studies in the Iconography of Northwest Semitic Inscribed Seals (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis 125), Fribourg: Universitatsverlag; Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
  • Avigad, N. and Sass, B. 1997. Corpus of West Semitic Stamp Seals . Jerusalem. The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, The Israel Exploration Society and The Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Articles
  • Sass, B. 1989. Inscribed Babylonian Arrowheads of the Turn of the Second Millennium and their Phoenician Counterparts, Ugarit-Forschungen 21: 349356.
  • Sass, B. 1991. The Beth Shemesh Tablet and the Early History of the Proto-Canaanite, Cuneiform and South Semitic Alphabets, Ugarit-Forschungen 23:315326.
  • Sass, B. 1993. The pre-exilic Hebrew seals: Iconism vs. Aniconism. In: Sass, B. and Uehlinger, Ch. eds., Studies in the Iconography of Northwest Semitic Inscribed Seals (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis 125), Fribourg and Gottingen: 194256.
  • Lemaire, A. and Sass, B. 1996. Sigillographie ouest-semitique: Nouvelles lectures Semitica 45: 2735.
  • Sass, B. 1997. Jewelry, In: Meyers, E.M., et al. eds., The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East. New York and Oxford: 3:238246.