My Brandeis University dissertation was titled, “Commentary and Authority in Mesopotamia and Qumran,” and was awarded the Nahum and Anne Glatzer Prize for Outstanding PhD Dissertation. The dissertation committee was composed of I. Tzvi Abusch, Marc Zvi Brettler, Sidnie White Crawford, David P. Wright.
Part of the research for my dissertation involved travel to Germany and to the Israel Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem to physically inspect several Dead Sea Scrolls fragments. This travel was funded by a Tauber Institute Graduate Research Award.
I sat for comprehensive examinations in Hebrew Bible, Akkadian, Northwest Semitic Languages, and received the award of distinction in Hebrew Bible.