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Dr. Aaron Brody, Robert and Kathryn Riddell Professor of Bible and Archaeology, Director of the Badè Museum

510/849-8286 | abrody@psr.edu

Dr. Aaron Brody, Robert and Kathryn Riddell Professor of Bible and Archaeology and Director, Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology, has studied and worked on projects in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan, and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean. He has held research posts at both the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, in Jerusalem; the University of Haifa; and the American Center for Oriental Research, in Amman. Recently his research has focused on household archaeology, household religion, metallurgy, ethnicity, identity, and interregional trade at Tell en-Nasbeh, the site that forms the principal holdings of the Badè Museum at Pacific School of Religion, as modes for understanding the complexities of everyday life of ancient biblical peoples.

Dr. Brody’s teaching and research interests include biblical and archaeological interpretations of the society, religion and economy of ancient biblical lands and the modern Middle East; as well as, archaeology and the study of religions; “race,” ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in archaeology and the biblical world; and maritime/underwater archaeology. His fieldwork has been conducted primarily at Bronze and Iron Age sites on the Mediterranean coast of Israel, with participation in projects in the Negev, Akko Plain, and in northern California.

Academic Credentials
Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Berkeley, 1988
Master of Arts, Harvard University, 1994
Doctorate of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1996

Publications

“Contextualizing the Sacred: Household Religion and Ritual in Iron II Tell en-Nasbeh” (forthcoming)

“Akko I: The Stratigraphy and the Bronze and Iron Age Material Culture of Area H” for the ASOR Final Report Series (forthcoming)

“Phoenician Maritime Religion,” in A Companion to Ancient Phoenicia, edited by M. Wooler (in press)

“How do you Define Ethnicity?” in The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant, edited by C. Shafer-Elliott (in press)

“Living in Households, Constructing Identities: Ethnicity, Boundaries, and Empire in Iron IIB-IIC Tell en-Nasbeh.” in Household Studies in Complex Societies: (Micro) Archaeological and Textual Approaches, edited by M. Müller (2015)

“Judean Identity in an Era of Empire: Archaeological Approaches from Iron II Tell en-Nasbeh.” in Reading a Tendentious Bible, Essays in Honor of Robert B. Coote, edited by M. L. Chaney, U. Y. Kim, and A. Schellenberg (2014)

“As for me, I will dwell at Mizpah …”: The Tell en-Nasbeh Excavations after 85 Years, edited with J. R. Zorn (2014)

“Transjordanian Commerce with Northern Judah in the Iron II-Persian period: Ceramic Indicators, Interregional Interaction, and Modes of Exchange at Tell en-Nasbeh,” in “As for me, I will dwell at Mizpah …”: The Tell en-Nasbeh Excavations after 85 Years, edited by J. R. Zorn and A. Brody (2014)

“Memories from Tell en-Nasbeh,” in “As for me, I will dwell at Mizpah …”: The Tell en-Nasbeh Excavations after 85 Years, edited by J. R. Zorn and A. Brody (2014)

“Phoenician Imports to Tell en-Nasbeh: Indicators for Interregional Interaction in the Iron IIB-IIC Southern Levant,” in Les Produits de luxe au Proche-Orient ancien aux âges du Bronze et du Fer, edited by M. Casanova and M. Feldman (2014)

Material Culture Matters: Essays on the Archaeology of the Southern Levant in Honor of Seymour Gitin edited with J. Spencer and B. Mullins (2014)

“Interregional Interaction in the Late Iron Age: Phoenician and Other Foreign Goods from Tell en-Nasbeh,” in Material Culture Matters: Essays on the Archaeology of the Southern Levant in Honor of Seymour Gitin edited with J. Spencer and B. Mullins (2014)

“Sy Gitin: A Fellow’s Reminiscences,” in Material Culture Matters: Essays on the Archaeology of the Southern Levant in Honor of Seymour Gitin edited with J. Spencer and B. Mullins (2014)

Review of The Philistines and Aegean Migration at the End of the Late Bronze Age, by Assaf Yasur-Landau (2014)

“Genetics and the Archaeology of Ancient Israel” in Human Biology 85/6:925-39, co-authored with Roy J. King (2013)

“The Archaeology of the Extended Family: A Household Compound from Iron II Tell En-Nasbeh.” in Household Archaeology in Ancient Israel and Beyond, edited by A. Yasur-Landau, J. R. Ebeling, and L. B. Mazow. Culture and History of the Ancient Near East, vol. 50 (2011)

“Mastering the Museum Makeover” in Biblical Archaeology Review 37/1:28 (2011)

“New Perspectives on Levantine Mortuary Ritual: A Cognitive Interpretive Approach to the Archaeology of Death.” in Historical Biblical Archaeology and the Future: The New Pragmatism

“An Archaeologist’s View of ‘Winged Figure’,” in Arts in Religious and Theological Studies 22/1:77-79 (2010)

Review of The Quest for the Historical Israel: Debating Archaeology and the History of Early Israel, by Israel Finkelstein and Amihai Mazar, in Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, edited by Edited by Brian B. Schmidt. Biblical Interpretation 18:57-59 (2010)

“The Emergence of Y-chromosome Haplogroup J1e Among Arabic-Speaking Populations” in the European Journal of Human Genetics:1-6, co-authored with Jacques Chiaroni, Roy J. King, et al. (2009)

“Ships and Sailing in the OT,” in The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, S-Z, vol. 5 (2009)

“Mizpah, Mizpeh,” in The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Me-R, vol. 4 (2009)

“‘Those who Add House to House’: Household Archaeology and the Use of Domestic Space in an Iron II Residential Compound at Tell en-Nasbeh.” in Exploring the Longue Duree: Essays in Honor of Lawrence E. Stager, edited by J. D. Schloen (2009)

“Late Bronze Age Canaanite Mortuary Practices,” in Ashkelon 1: Introduction and Overview, 1985-2000 Vol. 3, Studies in the Archaeology and History of the Levant, edited by L. E. Stager , J. D. Schloen, D. M. Master (2008)

“Synchrotron Radiation-Based X-ray Analysis of Bronze Artifacts from an Iron Age Site in the Judean Hills” in Journal of Archaeological Science 35/7:1951-60, co-authored with Elizabeth S. Friedman, Marcus L. Young, Jon D. Almer, Carlo U. Segre, and Susan M. Mini (2008)

“The Specialized Religions of Ancient Mediterranean Seafarers,” in Religion Compass 2: 1-11 (2008)

“Bronze Bangles from Tell en-Nasbeh: Cultural and Economic Observations on an Artifact Type from the Time of the Prophets,” co-authored with Elizabeth S. Friedman, in To Break Every Yoke: Essays in Honor of Marvin L. Chaney, edited by Robert B. Coote and Norman K. Gottwald, The Social World of Biblical Antiquity, Second Series (2007)

Review of “M. Dayagi-Mendels, The Akhziv Cemeteries: The Ben-Dor Excavations, 1941-1944. Vol. 15 IAA Reports,” in Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 337: 99-101 (2005)

“Further Evidence of the Specialized Religion of Phoenician Seafarers” in Terra Marique: Studies in Art History and Marine Archaeology in Honor of Anna Marguerite McCann on the Receipt of the Gold Medal of the Archaeological Institute of America, edited by J. Pollini (2005)

“Exploring the Deep,” co-authored with Anna Marguerite McCann, in Archaeology Odyssey 6/1:30-39 (2003)

“The Patron Deities of Canaanite and Phoenician Seafarers,” in Tropis, vol. VII, 7th International Symposium on Ship Construction in Antiquity, edited by H. Tzalas (2002)

“From the Hills of Adonis through the Pillars of Hercules: Recent Advances in the Archaeology of Canaan and Phoenicia,” in Near Eastern Archaeology 65/1:69-80 (2002)

“Archaeology from the Abyss: Results in the New Field of Deep Water Archaeology,” in Semitic Museum News 5/2: 1-3 (2002)

Review of “G. Pisano, ed. Phoenicians and Carthaginians in the Western Mediterranean, Vol. 12 Studia Punica. Rome: 1999,” in Catholic Biblical Quarterly 63/3:576-78 (2001)

“Each Man Cried Out to His God” in The Specialized Religion of Canaanite and Phoenician Seafarers (1998)

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