Eric Lee Welch

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Humanities
Visiting Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 4031
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045

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


Ph.D., History and Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Penn State University

M.A., Biblical Languages, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

B.A., Homiletics, Central Bible College

Selected Publications

Welch, E., and Gary Knoppers. "Enemies and Friends of the State: Elijah and Other Prophets in the Deuteronomistic History." Enemies and Friends of the State: Ancient Prophecy in Context. Ed. Christopher A. Rollston. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns. Forthcoming.

Welch, E. L., J. R. Chadwick, I. Shai, and A. M. Maeir. "’The Limits of the Ancient City’: The Fortifications of Tell es-Safi/Gath 115 Years After Bliss and Macalister." The PEF and Early Exploration in the Holy Land. Ed. A. Kidron, Ed. D. Gurevich. Forthcoming.

Welch, Eric Lee. "ἀµόργη/Amurca: a Semitic Loanword?" Cultural Contact and Appropriation in the Axial Age Mediterranean World. Ed. Baruch Halpern, Ed. Kenneth S. Sacks. Leiden: Brill, 2017.

Shai, I., J. Chadwick, E. Welch, J. Katz, H. Greenfield, and A. Maeir. "The Early Bronze Age Fortifications at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel." Palestine Excavation Quarterly 148.1 (2016): 42.

Welch, E. "The Roots of Anger: An Economic Perspective on Zephaniah’s Oracle Against the Philistines." Vetus Testamentum 63.3 (2013): 471-85.

Upcoming Program Events
Kudos to our faculty!

Dr. Renee Perelmutter, Associate Professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies, writes fantasy fiction and poetry under the name Rose Lemberg. Her book Marginalia to Stone Bird is the first book of poetry to be shortlisted for a Crawford Award, and is also up for an Elgin Award. Marginalia has been reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly and Strange Horizons. Available at Aqueduct Press and Amazon.

Kudos to our students!

March 16, 2017: JS students Mackenzie Haun, Sarah Herman and Ariel Silverman were elected to join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious national academic academy. Phi Beta Kappa “celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities.”

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