David Marcus teaches courses in Bible and ancient languages, including Babylonian Aramaic and biblical Hebrew, at JTS.
Dr. Marcus's area of expertise is the Bible and the ancient Near East. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and two language manuals, one on Akkadian, the ancient language of Mesopotamia, and the other on the Aramaic of the Babylonian Talmud. His book From Balaam to Jonah: Anti-Prophetic Satire in the Hebrew Bible explores the use of satire in the Hebrew Bible. His most recent article, "Alternate Chapter Divisions in the Pentateuch in the Light of the Masoretic Sections," was published in Hebrew Studies (2003). Dr. Marcus worked with an international team of scholars on a project to revise the critical edition of the Hebrew Bible. His part of the edition focused on the books of Ezra and Nehemiah.
Dr. Marcus was born and educated in Dublin, Ireland. He received his PhD from Columbia University in the Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures.
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"A New Critical Edition of the Hebrew Bible"
"Current Trends in the Study of the Hebrew Bible"
"The Biblical Narrator as a Multifaceted Craftsman"
The Ancient Near East