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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Jeffrey L. Cooley

theology department

Jeffrey Cooley

Associate Professor

Stokes N427
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-6585
Fax: 617-552-0794

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

Research Interests

Hebrew Bible and its ancient Near Eastern context; the intellectual history of the ancient Near East


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

Selected Publications

Names and Knowledge in Ancient Near Eastern Narrative: A Study in Etymology and Epistemology. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

“Creation and Divination in Isaiah 2:1-4.” Pages 102-122 in Laws of Heaven – Laws of Nature: Legal Interpretations of Cosmic Phenomena in the Ancient World / Himmelsgesetze – Naturgesetze: Rechtsförmige Interpretationen kosmischer Phänomene in der antiken Welt. Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis 276. Edited by Konrad Schmid and Christoph Uehlinger. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016.    

“Celestial Divination in Esarhaddon’s Aššur A Inscription.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 135 (2015): 131-147.

“Psalm 19: A Sabbath Song.” Vetus Testamentum 64 (2014): 177-195. 

Poetic Astronomy in the Ancient Near East: The Reflexes of Celestial Science in Ancient Mesopotamian, Ugaritic, and Israelite Narrative. History, Archaeology, and Culture of the Levant 5. Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2013.   

Selected Presentations

“Epistemology in the Biblical Tradition: Judean Knowledge-Building, Scribal Craftsmanship, and Scribal Culture.” International Conference: “Finding, Inheriting, Borrowing? Construction and Transfer of Knowledge about Man and Nature in Antiquity and the Middle Ages.” Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, September 14-16, 2016.

“A Scribalized Past: VR 44’s Onomastic Reflections on the History of the Land.” 62 Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Philadelphia, PA, July 11-15, 2016.

“Epistemic Novelty and Philological Elasticity: The Problem of New Knowledge and the Stream of Tradition.” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, GA, November 20-24, 2015.