Speiser, Ephraim Avigdor

Name

Speiser, Ephraim Avigdor

Dates

24 January 1902 - 15 June 1965

Birthplace

Skalat, Galicia (then in Austrian Poland, now Ukrainia)

Specialization

Assyriology; Biblical Studies

Major works

New Kirkuk Documents relating to Family Laws, New Haven 1930 Mesopotamian Origins, Philadelphia 1930 Ethnic Movements in the Near East in the Second Millennium B.C., 1933 Excavations at Tepe Gawra I, Philadeplhia 1935 One Hundred New Selected Nuzi Texts, New Haven 1936 (with R.H. Pfeiffer) Introduction to Hurrian, New Haven 1941 Bibliography in: J.J. Finkelstein - M. Greenberg (eds.), Oriental and Biblical Studies: Collected Writings of E.A. Speiser, Philadelphia 1967, 587-603 see also: M. Smith, Untold Stories: The Bible and Ugaritic Studies in the Twentieth Century, Peabody, MA, 2o01

Remarks

Ph.D., Dropsie College, 1924 Harrison Research Fellow in Semitics, University of Pennsylvania, 1924-1926 Annual professor of the Baghdad School, ASOR, 1926-1927 Field director of the Joint Excavation of the ASOR and the University Museum, 1930-1932, 1936-1937 (escavations in Tepe Gawra and Tell Billa) Assistant professor of Semitics, University of Pennsylvania, 1928; full professor, 1931 Chairman, Department of Oriental Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 1947-1965 A.M. Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania, 1954

Obituaries

AfO 21 (1966) 262 (S.N. Kramer), with photo Expedition 8 (1966) 12-13 (S.N. Kramer) Oriental and Biblical Studies: Collected Writings of E.A. Speiser, Philadelphia 1967, 605-616 (J.J. Finkelstein) Essays in Memory of E.A. Speiser, New Haven 1968, 1-2 (M. Greenberg) with photo Festschrift W.W. Hallo (ed.), Essays in Memory of E.A. Speiser (AOS 53), New Haven 1968

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