Post-doctoral Researcher – Scripta Qumranica Electronica, 2016–present

I am currently a post-doctoral researcher with the Scripta Qumranica Electronica (SQE) project at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.  I am preparing a digital edition of the large Samuel scroll from Qumran (4Q51).

SQE is a joint project between Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, the University of Haifa, Tel Aviv University, and the Israel Antiquities Authority.  Our project goal is a web-portal for editing Dead Sea Scrolls and the preparation of several exemplary digital editions using that online platform.  As part of my duties, I also work to facilitate communication between the member groups of the project and to offer any assistance I can to move the project forward to its completion.  In that capacity I have been doing a lot of work on web-programming, and have made contributions to the code for our website (mainly Javascript browser side, and Perl scripts server side) as well as some of the database design and population (we use the MySQL fork MariaDB).

Lecturer in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies – Brandeis University, 2011–2016

I worked as a lecturer for Brandeis University, where I taught the following courses:

  • Akkadian Epistolary Texts – NEJS 202b (Brandeis U.)
  • Akkadian Historical Epic – NEJS 202b (Brandeis U.)
  • Dead Sea Scrolls (readings conducted in Hebrew) – NEJS 117b (Brandeis U.)
  • Déjà lu: Parallel Passages in the Hebrew Bible – NEJS 110b (Brandeis U.)
  • Directed Reading in Tanakh/Hebrew Bible – NEJS 346a (Brandeis U.)
  • Introductory Akkadian – NEJS 101a (Brandeis U.)
  • Qohelet/Ecclesiastes – NEJS 110b (Brandeis U.)
  • Readings in Old Babylonian (second half of course) – NEJS 200b (Brandeis U.)

Teaching Fellow – Brandeis University, 2009–2011

I taught:

  • Introductory Akkadian NEJS 101a (Brandeis U.)

I worked as a teaching assistant for:

  • Intro to the Hebrew Bible (Prof. Marc Z. Brettler) – NEJS 111A (Brandeis U.)
  • Intro to Islam (Abigail Balbale) IMES 104A (Brandeis U.)
  • Law and the Bible (Prof. David Wright) – NEJS 113B (Brandeis U.)
  • Magic/Witchcraft in the Ancient Near East (Prof.  Tzvi Abusch) – NEJS 122A (Brandeis U.)

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