I'm a generalist in ancient cultures, particularly of western Asia before about 500 BCE (after which comes journalism). One can sometimes isolate variables tolerably. But as no variable is ever truly independent (except, ironically, relative to other quanta), inquiry in any one subject demands satisfying oneself about others.
Historical Semitic linguistics and philology. Diffusion models.
Literary representation of oral and stylistic registers (key, tone, modals).
Frank Moore Cross Award, American Schools of Oriental Research
R. B. Y. Scott Award, Canadian Society for Biblical Studies
Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, NEH, Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Hebrew University Institute for Advanced Studies; grantee NEH, SSHRC, Mellon Sawyer Seminar.