Stephen C. Russell

Stephen C. Russell

Assistant Professor of Ancient History
Room number: 
08.65.11 NB

Education

Ph.D. New York University, 2008
Post. Grad. Dip. University of Oxford, 2001
BA University of Pennsylvania, 1996

 

Bio

My research focusses on the Hebrew Bible and the social, political, and legal world that produced it in the first millennium BCE. I read biblical literature in light of archaeological evidence from ancient Israel and literary evidence from other ancient Near Eastern societies. The questions I ask as I read the Bible are shaped by my own experience as a Jamaican and by conversations taking place across the humanities and social sciences about space, place, and power. 

My first book, Images of Egypt in Early Biblical Literature (De Gruyter, 2009), offered a regional paradigm for understanding the development of the biblical traditions about Israel's origins in Egypt. My second book, The King and the Land (Oxford University Press, 2016), maps monarchic production of space and discourse about it in the Iron Age Levant. In Space, Land, Territory and the Study of the Bible (Brill, 2017), I map eight approaches to the study of space and their implications for reading the Bible. I have also published several articles and book chapters on aspects of biblical and ancient Near Eastern law.

Publications

Books

Images of Egypt in Early Biblical Literature: Cisjordan-Israelite, Transjordan-Israelite, and Judahite Portrayals. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 403. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2009. 

The King and the Land: A Geography of Royal Power in the Biblical World. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Space, Land, Territory and the Study of the Bible. Leiden: Brill, 2017. Originally published as Brill Research Perspectives in Biblical Interpretation 1.4 (2016): 1–64.

Edited Volume

“Crime and Punishment in the Bible and the Near East.” Special issue, Near Eastern Archaeology 78.4 (2015).

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Space, Land, Territory and the Study of the Bible.” Brill Research Perspectives in Biblical Interpretation 1.4 (2016): 1–64.

“The Syntax of the Legal Metaphor in Hosea 2:4.” Journal of Semitic Studies 61 (2016): 389–402.

“Religious Space and Structures.” Pages 356–377 in John Barton, ed., The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Companion. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016.

“Gate and Town in 2 Sam 15:1–6: Spatial and Corporate Dimensions of Absalom’s Political Strategy.” Journal of Ancient History 3 (2015): 1–20.

“The Structure of Judicial Administration in the Moses Story.” Pages 317–329 in Thomas E. Levy, Thomas Schneider, and William H.C. Propp, eds., Israel’s Exodus in Transdisciplinary Perspective: Text, Archaeology, Culture, and Geoscience. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International, 2015.

“The Hierarchy of Estates in Land and Naboth’s Vineyard.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 38 (2014): 453–469.

“Ideologies of Attachment in the Story of Naboth’s Vineyard.” Biblical Theology Bulletin 44 (2014): 13–28.

“Abraham’s Purchase of Ephron’s Land in Anthropological Perspective.” Biblical Interpretation 21 (2013): 153–70.

Survey Articles

“Temples and Sanctuaries.” In Christopher Matthews, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Biblical Studies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

“Biblical Law in the Hebrew Bible.” In Christopher Matthews, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Biblical Studies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

“Exodus as a Theme.” In Naomi Sideman, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Jewish Studies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Book Reviews

Review of Nili Wazana, All the Boundaries of the Land: The Promised Land in Biblical Thought in Light of the Ancient Near East. Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2013. Journal of Religion 95 (2015): 389–391.

Review of Jeffrey L. Cooley, Poetic Astronomy in the Ancient Near East: The Reflexes of Celestial Science in Ancient Mesopotamian, Ugaritic, and Israelite Narrative. HACL 5. Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2013. Review of Biblical Literature (2015). 

Review of Anne Marie Kitz, Cursed Are You! The Phenomenology of Cursing in Cuneiform and Hebrew Texts. Winona Lake, Ind: Eisenbrauns, 2014. Review of Biblical Literature (2015). 

Review of Thomas Petter, The Land between the Two Rivers: Early Israelite Identities in Transjordan. Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2014. Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 14 (2014). 

Review of A. Graem Auld, I & II Samuel. Old Testament Library. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011. Scottish Journal of Theology 67 (2014): 236–238.

Review of Benjamin D. Sommer, The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Scottish Journal of Theology 66 (2013): 483–485.

Review of Koowon Kim, Incubation as a Type-Scene in the Aqhatu, Kirta, and Hannah Stories: A Form-Critical and Narratological Study of KTU 1.14 I–1.15 III, 1.17 I–II, and 1 Samuel 1:1–2:11. VTSup 145. Leiden: Brill, 2011. Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 13 (2013). 

Review of David Miano, Shadow on the Steps: Time Measurement in Ancient Israel. SBL Resources for Biblical Study 64. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2010. Journal of the American Oriental Society 133 (2013): 30–31.

Review of Yair Lorberbaum, Disempowered King: Monarchy in Classical Jewish Literature. New York: Continuum, 2011. Biblical Interpretation 20 (2012): 489–90.