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Jeffrey L. Cooley

theology department

Jeffrey L. Cooley

Assistant Professor

Stokes N427
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-6585
Fax: 617-552-0794
Email: jeffrey.cooley@bc.edu

http://bc.academia.edu/JeffCooley

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Education

Ph.D., Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
M.Phil., Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
B.A., Wheaton College

Biographical Summary

Jeff Cooley joined the theology faculty at Boston College in 2009. Before coming to BC, he was a member of the Classics department at Xavier University, first as an adjunct instructor (2003-2006) and then as a visiting assistant professor (2006-2009).

Research Interests

Hebrew Bible in its ancient Near Eastern context; calendars; Sabbath; the intersection of ancient scholarship and literature; divination in the ancient Near East; myth and method; intercultural contact in the ancient Mediterranean

Teaching

Biblical Heritage I-II
Biblical Hebrew
Myth and Religion in Ancient Israel and the Near East
Genesis
Pentateuch

Select Professional Activities and Awards

Society of Biblical Literature

American Oriental Society

American Schools of Oriental Research

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: Holy Land and Holy City in Classical Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Oxford England, July 9-August 12, 2008

Literature and Culture in the Ancient Mediterranean: Greece, Rome, and the Near East – An Advanced Research Seminar, Venice International University, November 2006, September 2007

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

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.

“Psalm 19: A Sabbath Song.” Vetus Testamentum, forthcoming.

“Celestial Divination in Esarhaddon’s Aššur A Inscription.”  Journal of the American Oriental Society, forthcoming.

“Creation and Divination in Isaiah 2:1-4.”  In Laws of Heaven – Laws of Nature (Zurich, Sept 5-6, 2011). OBO. Edited by Konrad Schmid and Christoph Uehlinger. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, forthcoming.

“The Greek Gilgamesh.”  In Windows to the Ancient World of the Hebrew Bible: Essays in Honor of Samuel Greengus.  Edited by Bill T. Arnold, Nancy L. Erickson, and John H. Walton. Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2014.

“Celestial Divination in Ugarit and Ancient Israel: A Reappraisal.”  Journal of Near Eastern Studies 71 (2012): 21-30.

“Astral Religion in Ugarit and Ancient Israel.”  Journal of Near Eastern Studies 70 (2011): 281-287.

“The Story of Saul’s Election (1 Sam 9-10) in Light of Mantic Practice in Ancient Iraq.”  Journal of Biblical Literature 130 (2011): 247-261.

“Early Mesopotamian Astral Science and Divination in the Myth of Inana and Šukaletuda.”  Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions 5 (2008): 75-98.

“Inana and Šhukaletuda: A Sumerian Astral Myth.” KASKAL 5 (2008), 161-172.

“‘I want to dim the brilliance of Šulpae!’ Mesopotamian Celestial Divination and the Myth of Erra and Išum.”  Iraq 70 (2008):179-188.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

“Folk-Etymology, Philology, Assyriology and Biblical Studies.”  Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Baltimore, MD, November 23-26, 2013.

“Creation and Divination in Isaiah 2:1-4.”  Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Chicago, IL, November, 16-20, 2012.

“Legal Interpretation of Cosmic Phenomena in the Hebrew Bible.”  International Symposium: “Laws of Heaven – Laws of Nature: The Legal Interpretation of Cosmic Phenomena in the Ancient World.”  University of Zurich, Switzerland, September 5-6, 2011.

“The Israelite and Jewish Sabbaths in Religio-Historical Perspective.”  Annual Meeting of the Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society, Loudenville, OH, March 26, 2009.

“Inana and Šhukaletuda: A Sumerian Astral Myth.”  Literature and Culture in the Ancient Mediterranean: Greece, Rome, and the Near East – An Advanced Research Seminar, Venice International University, September 2007.