Dr. Yigal Bloch

Curriculum Vitae

Academic studies and degrees

University of Haifa, Dept. of Bible and Jewish History
Post-doctoral research project “The šušānu Class in the Late Babylonian Period”

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Institute of Archaeology, Civilizations of the Ancient Near East
Post-doctoral research project “Alphabet Scribes and Officials (sepīru) in Late Babylonian Documents: Origins and Functions”
Academic supervisor: Prof. Nathan Wasserman
December Finalist in the competition for the Mandel Scholion post-doctoral 2015
fellowship, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Near Eastern Studies
Post-doctoral research project “Patterns in the Use of Jewish Names in Neo-Babylonian Documents”; participation in the creation of an Internet database of documents from Āl-Yaḫudu and the vicinity (cuneiform tablets mentioning Jewish exiles in Babylonia, 6th century B.C.E.)
Academic supervisor: Dr. Laurie Pearce

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of The Humanities, Dept. of
the History of the Jewish People
Ph.D. degree
Topic of the PhD thesis: Studies in Middle Assyrian Chronology and Its Implications for the History of the Ancient Near East in the 13th century B.C.E.
Academic supervisor: Prof. Wayne Horowitz.
Thesis awarded the Allan Bronfman prize.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of The Humanities, Dept. of the History of the Jewish people
M.A. degree
Topic of the MA thesis: A Re-evaluation of the Theory of Early Biblical Poetry
Academic supervisor: Prof. Mordechai Cogan

Technion – Israeli Institute of Technology, Haifa
B.A. degree (computer science)

Academic employment

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Research assistant to Prof. Wayne Horowitz
Project: “A New Study of the Lexical List UR5.RA : ḫubullu XXII”

Dept. of the History of the Jewish People, the Hebrew University of
Teacher in BA-level courses:
“History of Israel and Judah in the Biblical Period – Bibliographical Tutorial”
“Extra-Biblical Sources for the History of Ancient Israel and Judah”
“Ḫabīru and Hebrews”

Research assistant to Prof. Noam Agmon (the Hebrew University of
2011-2013 Jerusalem)
Project “Structural Root Change in the Semitic Languages Concomitant
with the Transition to Agriculture”

July 2006
The Rothberg School for Overseas Students, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Teacher in the summer course “Advanced Biblical Hebrew”

Academic awards

2017-2016 University of Haifa, post-doctoral fellowship
2014-2016 Lady Davis post-doctoral fellowship, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2014-2015 Post-doctoral grant of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, New York, USA
2014 CAENO Chronology Scholar grant, CAENO Foundation, New York, USA
2013-2014 Post-doctoral study award by the US-Israel Educational Foundation (Fulbright grant)
2013 The Allan Bronfman prize for an outstanding doctoral dissertation in the Humanities, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2011-2012 Scholarship for PhD students by the Izhak Ben-Zvi Memorial Center (Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi)
2008-2012 The Rottenstreich scholarship for excelling PhD students, Council for the Higher Education in Israel
2009 Prof. Shelomo Morag memorial prize for the study of Biblical Hebrew
2007-2008 The President’s scholarship for excelling PhD students in the Humanities, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2006-2007 Scholarship for PhD students by the Mandel Institute for Jewish Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2003-2004 The Rector’s prize and scholarship, Faculty of the Humanities, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2002-2003 Scholarship for MA students by the Mandel Institute for Jewish Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2002-2003 Prize for excelling students at the Dept. of the History of the Jewish People, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem


1) “The Beirut Decree and Mesopotamian Imperial Policy toward the Levant,” in Proceedings of the Conference “Southern Levant under Assyrian Domination,” Yad Ben-Zvi, Jerusalem, November 11-12, 2015 (Winona Lake, In.: Eisenbrauns, forthcoming)

2)   “Aramaic Influence and Inner Diachronic Development in Hebrew Inscriptions of the Iron Age,” in T. Notarius and A. Moshavi (eds.), Studies in Biblical Hebrew Linguistics: Papers from the 16th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem 2013 (Winona Lake, In.: Eisenbrauns, forthcoming)

3) “sĕgullâ,” Encyclopedia Hebraica, new edition (forthcoming, Hebrew)

4) (with Baruch Ottervanger), The Tale of the Poor Man of Nippur (State Archives of Assyria Cuneiform Texts 12; Helsinki: The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project, 2016)

5) “The Contribution of Babylonian Tablets in the Collection of David Sofer to the Chronology of the Revolts against Darius I,” Altorientalische Forschungen 42 (2015): 1-14

6) (with Laura A. Peri), “I Placed My Name There”: The Great Inscription of Tukulti-Ninurta I, King of Assyria, Jerusalem: The Israel Museum, 2015

7) (with Wayne Horowitz), “Ura = ḫubullu XXII: The Standard Recension,” Journal of Cuneiform Studies 67 (2015): 71-125

8) Review of Brit Kärger, Leben in der amurritischen Welt: Nomaden und Sesshafte im Reich von Mari im 19. und 18. Jahrhundert vor Christus (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2014), Israel Exploration Journal 65 (2015): 118-120

9) “Judeans in Sippar and Susa during the First Century of the Babylonian Exile: Assimilation and Perseverance under Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid Rule,” Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History 1 (2014): 119-172

10) “The Conquest Eponyms of Šamšī-Adad I and the Kaneš Eponym List,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 73 (2014): 191-210

11) “Making One’s Way, in qal and piʿel,” Lešonenu 76 (2014): 149-163 (Hebrew)

12) “Months of 28 Days in the Middle Assyrian Period,” Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2014, no. 26

13) Review of H. Reculeau and B. Feller, Mittelassyrische Urkunden aus dem Archiv Assur 14446 (KAM 10; WVDOG 130), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2012, Aula Orientalis 31 (2013): 369-373

14) Review of S. Gaspa, Alimenti e pratiche alimentari in Assiria: le materia alimentari nel culto ufficiale dell’Assiria del primo millennio A.C. (HANEM 13), Padova: S.A.R.G.O.N, 2012, Aula Orientalis 31 (2013): 354-356

15) Etymological Appendix (Supporting Information) to Noam Agmon, “Statistics of Language Morphology Change: From Biconsonantal Hunters to Triconsonantal Farmers,” PLOS One 8/12 (2013). Open access:

16) “qubbatu, qubbutu ‘mourning, wailing’,” Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2013, no. 28

17) “Archaisms: Biblical Hebrew,” in G. Khan et al. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (Leiden: Brill, 2013): 172-174

18) “The 3 m. pl. suffixed pronoun –mw and Its Implications for Dating Biblical Hebrew Poetry,” in C. L. Miller-Naudé and Z. Zevit (eds.), Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew (Winona Lake, In.: Eisenbrauns, 2012): 147-170

19) “sĕgullâ – A Re-examination of the Meaning of the Term Based on Two Assyrian Documents from the Thirteenth Century B.C.E.,” Šnaton le-ḥeqer ha-miqraʾ weha-mizraḥ ha-qadum 21 (2012): 111-140 (Hebrew)

20) “Assyro-Babylonian Conflicts in the Reign of Aššur-rēša-iši I: The Contribution of Administrative Documents to History-Writing,” in G. Galil et al. (eds.), The Ancient Near East in the 12th-10th Centuries B.C.E.: Culture and History. Proceedings of the International Conference held at the University of Haifa, 2–5 May, 2010 (Alter Orient und Altes Testament 392; Münster: Ugarit-Verlag, 2012): 53-78

21) “Middle Assyrian Lunar Calendar and Chronology,” in J. Ben-Dov, W. Horowitz and J. M. Steele (eds.), Living the Lunar Calendar (Oxford: Oxbow, 2012): 19-61

22) “Setting the Dates: Re-evaluation of the Chronology of Babylonia in the 14th-11th Centuries B.C.E. and Its Implications for the Reigns of Ramesses II and Hattušili III,” Ugarit-Forschungen 42 (2010): 41-95

23) “The Period of Activity of the Scribal Family of the Sons of Ninurta-uballissu in Aššur,” Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2010, no. 36

24) “Solving the Problems of the Assyrian King List: Toward a Precise Reconstruction of Middle Assyrian Chronology: Parts I and II,” Journal of Ancient Civilizations 25 (2010): 21-87

25) “The Order of Eponyms in the Reign of Tukultī-Ninurta I,” Orientalia 79 (2010): 1-35

26) “The Prefixed Perfective in the Construction ˀāz yiqtōl and Its Later Replacement by the Long Prefixed Verbal Form,” Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages 36 (2010): 46-74

27) “Etymological Appendix: Semitic Terms for Materials,” in Noam Agmon, “Materials and Language: Pre-Semitic Structural Change Concomitant with Transition to Agriculture,” Brill’s Annual of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics 2 (2010): 54-75

28) “The Prefixed Perfective and the Dating of Early Hebrew Poetry – A Re-evaluation,” Vetus Testamentum (2009): 34-70

29) “The Order of Eponyms in the Reign of Shalmaneser I,” Ugarit-Forschungen 40 (2008): 143-178

30) “Should Parallelistic Structure Be Used as Evidence for an Early Dating of Biblical Hebrew Poetry?” Journal of the Ancient Near Eastern Society 31 (2008): 23-45

31) “On Some Alleged Developments of the Proto-Semitic Phoneme /ṯ/ in Iron Age Canaanite Dialects,” Journal of Semitic Studies 53 (2008): 1-28

32) “From Linguistics to Text Criticism and Back: wayyiqtol Constructions with Long Prefixed Verbal Forms in Biblical Hebrew,” Hebrew Studies 48 (2007): 141-170