פרופ' יורם כהן

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Senior Lecturer in Assyriology

Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures

The Faculty of Humanities

Tel Aviv University

Email: ycohen1@post.tau.ac.il

Education

- BA Tel Aviv University

- MA Tel Aviv University

- Ph.D. Harvard University

- Ph.D. Dissertation: The Transmission and Reception of Mesopotamian Scholarly Texts at the City of Emar

Research Interests

- Assyriology, Ancient Near East

- Ancient Scribal Education

- Childhood, Adolescence, and Apprenticeship in the ancient Near East

- Lexical Lists in the Western Periphery

Current Projects

- Akkadian Wisdom Literature from Ugarit and Emar (with Prof. Ed Greenstein)

Cuneiform Texts Mentioning Judeans, Israelites, and Related Population Groups (online project with Prof. Ran Zadok)

Yoram's page in Wikipedia (Hebrew) 

Contact

Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures

The Faculty of the Humanities

The Gilman Building Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv 69978

Israel

Email: ycohen1@post.tau.ac.il

Skype: yoricohen

 

Research Students

A New Program for the Study of the Languages and Cultures of the Ancient Near East

PhD Students

Ilan Peled (Graduated 2012, supervision with Dr. K. Abraham, Bar-Ilan University)
"The Third Gender in the Ancient Near East"

MA Students

Meital Kaufmann (Graduated 2008, supervision with Prof. Y. Goren)
"The Content and Origin of the Sumero-Akkadian Documents found at Ugarit-Ras-Shamra"

Sivan Kedar (Graduated 2009, supervision with Prof. R. Zadok)
"Apprenticeship in the Ancient Near East"

Shimrit Salem (Graduated 2010)
"Terqa and the Hana Kingdom from the old Babylonian Period to the Middle Babylonian Period"

 

Publications

Books

2002, Taboos and Prohibitions in Hittite Society, A Study of the Hittite Expression natta ara. (Texte der Hethiter, Heft 24). Heidelberg : Carl Winter—Universitatsverlag. xiv + 198 Pp.

2009, The Scribes and Scholars of Emar: Ancient Scribal Education in a Late Bronze Age City (Harvard Semitic Series 59). Winona Lake, Indiana : Eisenbrauns.

Forthcoming, Wisdom Literature of the Late Bronze Age. (Editor Andrew R. George). Atlanta, Georgia: Society of Biblical Literature.

Edited Proceedings and Volumes

2005, Between East and West: Eretz Israel and the Ancient Near East—Intercultural Ties and Innovation in the Second Millennium BCE (Papers of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology Annual Symposium, April 29, 2004). Published as Tel Aviv 32, 2005. Guest editor with Assaf Yasur-Landau.

2008, The City of Emar among the Late Bronze Age Empires. History, Landscape, and Society (Proceedings of the Konstanz Emar Conference, 25.-26.04. 2006). (Alter Orient und Altes Testament 349). Münster : Ugarit Verlag. Co-editor with Lorenzo d'Alfonso and Dietrich Sürenhagen.

2010, Pax Hethitica: Studies on the Hittites and their Neighbours in Honour of Itamar Singer. Studien zu den Bogazkoy-Texten Band 52. Weisbaden: Harrassowitz. (co-editor with Amir Gilan and Jared Miller).

Online Database

Emar Online Databank and Concordance (with Lorenzo d'Alfonso and Dietrich Sürenhagen, University of Konstanz)

Cuneiform Texts Mentioning Judeans, Israelites, and Related Population Groups (with Prof. Ran Zadok).

Articles and Reviews

2001, "The Image of the 'Other' in Hittite Historiography." In: The Proceedings of the 45th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Edited by Z. Abusch, J. Huehnergard, P. Machinist and P. Steinkeller. Bethesda, Maryland: CDL Press, pp. 113-129.

2002, "The Unwritten Laws of the Hittites." In: The Proceedings of the 4th International Hittitological Congress, Edited by G. Wilhelm. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp. 73-82.

2003, "The Term for 'Lung' in West-Semitic/Northwestern Peripheral Akkadian." The Journal of the American Oriental Society 122, pp. 824-827.

2003, Review of Daniel Fleming, "Time at Emar." Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2001. Orientalia, 74, 267-274.

2003, Review of Sylvie Lackenbacher, "Textes Akkadiens d'Ugarit: Textes provenant des vingt-cinq premieres campagnes." Paris: CERF, 2002. The Journal of the American Oriental Society 123, 873-876.

2004, "Kidin-Gula: The Foreign Teacher at the Emar Scribal School." Revue d'Assyriologie 98, pp. 81-100.

2005, "Feet of Clay at Emar: A Happy End?" Orientalia 74, pp. 165-170.

2005, "Change and Innovation in the Administration and Scribal Practices of Emar during the Hittite Dominion." Tel Aviv, Journal of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University 32, pp. 192-203.

2005, "A Family Plot: The Zu-Bala Family of Diviners and Hittite Administration in the Land of Ashtata." In: The Proceedings of the 5th International Hittitological Congress, Edited by O. Suel, Ankara, pp. 213-224.

2006, "Near Eastern Treaties" and "Legal Documents from the City of Emar." In: Textual Sources for the Study of the Ancient Near East, Edited by M. Chavalas. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, pp. 174-175, 237-239, 242-246.

2006, (co-author, I. Singer), "A Late Synchronism between Ugarit and Emar." In: Essays on Ancient Israel in its Near Eastern Context: A Tribute of Nadav Na'aman, Edited by Y. Amit, E. Ben Zvi, I. Finkelstein, and O. Lipschits. Winona Lake, Indiana : Eisenbrauns, pp. 123-139.

2006, "Who was the Scribe of the Emar 'Ballade'?" N.A.B.U 2006, no. 3, pp. 76-77.

2006, "Hittite kurtali, Akkadian naB-Bu, and the Cuneiform Sign NAB." The Journal of the American Oriental Society 126, pp. 419-424.

2007, "Public Religious Sentiment and Personal Piety in the Ancient Near Eastern City of Emar during the Late Bronze Age." Religion Compass 1 (3), pp. 329-340.

2007, "Akkadian Omens from Hattusha and Emar: The shumma immeru and shumma alu Omens." Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 97, pp. 233-251.

2008 (co-author, L. d'Alfonso), 'The Duration of the Emar Archives and the Relative and Absolute Chronology of the City." In: The City of Emar among the Late Bronze age Empires: History, Landscape and Society (Proceedings of the Konstanz Emar Conference, 25.-26.04.2006), Edited by L. d'Alfonso, Y. Cohen, and D. Sürenhagen, Münster : Ugarit-Verlag, 1-23.

2008, Review of Wayne Horowitz and Takayoshi Oshima, "Cuneiform in Canaan: Cuneiform Sources from the Land of Israel in Ancient Times," Israel Exploration Society, 2006. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 349, pp. 83-86.

2009, Review of Itamar Singer, "The Hittites and their Culture." Incyclopedia Mikra'it 26, Jerusalem 2009. Qathedra 134, 139-142.

2010, "Rara Avis - A Study of the HU Section of the Sa Vocabulary." In: Your Praise is Sweet: A Memorial Volume for Jeremy A. Black from Students, Colleagues and Friends, Edited by H.D. Baker, E. Robson, and G. Zolyomi, Oxford : The Griffith Institute, pp. 29-40.

2010, "Shortened Names from Emar and Elsewhere." In: Luwian and Hittite Studies presented to J. David Hawkins, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, edited by Itamar Singer, Tel Aviv, pp. 32-43.

2010, "The Glosses of the Emar Lexical Lists: Akkadian or West Semitic?" The Proceedings of the 53rd Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Moscow and Saint Petersburg, edited by L. Kogan, Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, pp. 813-839.

2011 (Co-author Sivan Kedar) ‘Teacher-Student Relationships inCuneiform Culture: Two Case Studies’. Handbook of Cuneiform Culture, edited by K. Radner and E. Robson, Oxford – New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 229-247.

2011, ‘The Administration of Cult in Hittite Emar.’ Altorientalische Forschungen 38, pp. 145-157.

2012, ‘Aḫi-malik, The Last Overseer in the City of Emar.’ Looking at the Bible and the Ancient Near East through the Same Eyes: A Tribute to Aharon Skaist, Edited by K. Abraham and Y. Fleischmann, Beth Esda: CDL Press, pp. 13-27.

2012, ‘An Overview of the Scripts of Emar.’ Palaeography and Scribal Practices in Syro-Palestine and Anatolia in the Late Bronze Age: Papers read at a Symposium in Leiden, 17-18 December 2009 (PIHANS 119), edited by E. Devecchi, Leiden: Netherlands Institute for the Near East, pp. 33-45.

2012, ‘The Ugu-mu Fragment from Ḫattuša/Bogazköy KBo 13.2’.Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 71, pp. 1-12.

2012, Review of ‘Assyrian Royal Inscriptions: History, Historiography, and Ideology,’ edited by I. Ephal and N. Na'aman. Jerusalem 2009. Shnaton, An Annual for Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies 21, pp. 333-339. (Hebrew).

2012, “‘Enlil and Namzitarra’: The Emar and Ugarit Manuscripts and a New Understanding of the ‘Vanity Theme’ Speech.’Revue d’Assyriologie 104, pp. 87-97.

2012, ‘The Emar Scribal School: A Test Case for the Distribution of Scribal Schools and Mesopotamian Culture in the Ancient Near East.’ Beit - Mikra57,pp. 65-85 (Hebrew)

2012, "Where is Bazi? Where is Zizi?" The List of Early Rulers in the Ballad from Emar and Ugarit, And the Mari Rulers in the Sumerian King List and Other Sources'. Iraq 74, pp. 137-152.

Forthcoming, "The Historical and Social Background of the Scribal School at the City of Emar in the Late Bronze Age." In: Theory and Practice of Knowledge Transfer: Comparative Studies Pertinent to Schools of Cuneiform Writing, Edited by W. Van Soldt and W. van Edmond, PIHANS, NINO.

Forthcoming, "Emar." In: The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, edited by R. Bagnall et al., Blackwell-Wiley.

Forthcoming, "Fearful Symmetry: Poetics, Genre, and Form of Lines 109-118, Tablet I in the Poem of Erra". To appear in a Festschrift.

Forthcoming, "Emar". In: The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception.

Forthcoming, "Lexical Lists: Compositions for Reading and Writing the Cuneiform Script". Shnaton (Hebrew).

Papers Delivered in Conferences

December 2004: "Strategies of Abjection and Rejection - Imprisonment, Torture, and Execution of Divine Beings in the Assyrian Empire," Suffering Gods Workshop, directed by Jan Assmann and Guy Stroumsa, Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Jerusalem.

June 2005: "The Lexical Lists in the Ancient Near East: Textbooks for Reading, Writing, and Interpreting the Cuneiform Script," The Dominion of Letters: The Role of Books in Ancient Societies Workshop, directed by Margalit Finkelberg and Guy Stroumsa, The Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem.

September 2005: "Hittite kurtal(i), Akkadian nappu, and the Cuneiform Sign NAB," The 6th International Congress of Hittitology, Rome.

February 2006: "The King of Hatti will Vanquish the King of Elam with His Weapons: Reception, Translation and Adaptation of Akkadian Omina in Boghazkoy," The Annual Conference of the Israel Society for Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Haifa.

July 2007: "The Glosses of the Emar Lexical Lists: Akkadian or West Semitic?" 53e Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

February 2008: "Fearful Symmetry: Prosody, Genre, and Nature in the Poem of Erra, Tablet I, lines 109-118", The Annual Conference of the Israel Society for Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Jerusalem.

December 2008: "The Social and Historical Background of the Scribal School at Emar", Theory and Practice of Knowledge Transfer: Comparative Studies Pertinent to Schools of Cuneiform Writing, Leiden.

December 2009: "An Investigation of the Scripts of Emar in the Ephemeral, Ritual and Scholarly Materials", Palaeography and Scribal Practices in Syro-Palestine and Anatolia in the Late Bronze Age, Leiden.

Non-Academic and Miscellaneous

2004, (co-author, A. Ashman), "An Alternative Approach to Teaching the Bible" (Hebrew).

2006, Emar in National Geographic (Israel Edition), June 2006 (Hebrew).

Conferences

All the Corners of the Earth: Mesopotamia, Egypt and Anatolia
The 12th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Tel-Aviv, February 2009
(Download: Poster (Hebrew) | Program)

Anatolia and the Levant
A Symposium in Honour of Itamar Singer on the Occasion of his Retirement
Tel-Aviv, December 2008
(Download: Poster)

2007/8 Departmental Seminar
The Construction of Identity: The Formation and Articulation of the 'Self'
Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel-Aviv University
(Download: Schedule | General Reading List | Reading List for Lectures)

The Konstanz Emar Conference
Control, Interaction and Interdependence:
The City of Emar among the Late Bronze Age Empires (14th-12th centuries BC)
Konstanz, April 2006
(Download: Program)

Grants

2004-2005, The Kurt Leon Foundation: "Control, Interaction, and Interdependency – The Hittite Empire and its Provinces during the 14th-12th Centuries BCE" (with Dr d'Alfonso and Prof. Sürenhagen)

2005, The Israel Science Foundation (ISF): "The Scribes and Scholars of Emar"

2008, The Israel Science Foundation (ISF): "The Wisdom Literature of Israel and Ancient Syria" (with Prof. Edward Greenstein, Bar Ilan University)

2009. Ancient Israel (New Horizons) Research Program: Cuneiform Texts Mentioning Judeans, Israelites, and Related Population Groups (with Prof. Ran Zadok).

2012, The Israel Science Foundation (ISF): "The Shumma Immeru ("If a Sheep...") Omens: A case Study of Transmission, Reception, and Text Production in the Ancient Near East.

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