Christine Neal Thomas has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Bible & Cognate Languages at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati as of July 1, 2013.
Thomas comes to HUC-JIR from Harvard University, where she pursued graduate studies in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, taught courses in Hebrew, Bible, and biblical exegesis, and wrote her dissertation on the political history of Late Bronze Age Ugarit. She has a special interest in the interpretation of biblical texts in light of the material culture of Iron Age Israel. Her training at Princeton Theological Seminary and Harvard University, as well as her extensive experiences in Israel, allow her to capitalize on the mastery of Hebrew and Aramaic, facility with archaeology and the study of material culture, and her broad interest in the history of biblical interpretation.
Dr. Jonathan Cohen, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati Dean, stated, “We look forward to the many contributions that she is poised to make on the Cincinnati campus and throughout the College-Institute and are thrilled to welcome her and her spouse into our community this summer.”
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