Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

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Alice Mandell

Assistant Professor of Classical Hebrew Language and Biblical Literature (UCLA, Ph.D. 2015)
Northwest Semitics; Akkadian; Israelite religions; Ancient Near Eastern history and literature; Sociolinguistic approaches to the evolution of writing and script choice
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958 Van Hise Hall

Alice began her new position of Assistant Professor in the department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies in the summer of 2016. She is a former Fulbright scholar. She was also the winner of the 2016 David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship for her paper entitled, “The Adoption of the ‘Adoption’ Formula in Inner-biblical Discourse.” Her book Cuneiform Culture and the Ancestors of Hebrew is planned for publication in Routledge's The Ancient World series. Past research includes a sociolinguistic approach to the Canaanite Amarna Letters and the development of Canaanite cuneiform practices. Her research on this topic examines multilingualism and code-switching in contexts of written diplomacy in the Late Bronze Age. Her research on the Iron Age Levant examines the question of literacy in ancient Israel and the use of writing in contexts of ritual and performance. Currently, she is co-authoring a book and several articles that examine the materiality of ritual and religious spaces in ancient Israel and Judah (Reconstructing Israelite and Judean Religions: Religion as Performance and Materiality [London: Routledge, 2017]). She is also co-authoring a translation of the Amarna Letters for SBL’s Writings From the Ancient World series. This book will offer an extensive critical apparatus as well as discussions of the geo-political context of individual letters.