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Eric Welch

Eric Welch
205 Weaver Building
University Park , PA 16802
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Education:

  1. 2005 B.A., Central Bible College (Biblical Studies)
  2. 2008 M.A., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Biblical Languages)
  3. 2008-Present Ph.D. Candidate, Pennsylvania State University (Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies)

Biography:

Research Interests:

My primary interests lie in the reconstruction of Ancient Near Eastern history using text and archaeology. My dissertation research focuses on the kingdom of Judah in the 8th-6th centuries BCE, with a specific focus on its economy and development as a state as it interacted with surrounding polities such as Egypt, Philistia, Israel, and Assyria.

 

Fields:

Near Eastern archaeology, Hebrew Bible, ancient economy, state formation, historical geography, Semitic languages.

 

Field Work:

2006-Present   Tell es-Safi/Gath (Israel), Supervisor

2007-08           Tel Dothan Publication Project, Lab coordinator and Research Assistant

 

Teaching:

SP 2010           Teaching Assistant, RL ST 001: World Religions (PSU)

Teaching Assistant, CAMS 020: Egyptian History and Civilization (PSU)

 

2008-09           Teaching Assistant, CAMS 020: Egyptian History and Civilization (PSU)

2005-08           Departmental Greek Tutor (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)

 

Conference Papers:

2010

“Early Philistine Settlement at Tell es-Safi/Gath—Iron Age I Evidence from Area F” Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Atlanta, GA.

2008

“Phoenician Gadir and the Tartessian Hinterland: A Study in Port-Hinterland Interaction” Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Boston, MA.

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