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.

Welcome Professor Zeedan!
The Jewish Studies Program is delighted to welcome Prof. Rami Zeedan as a new faculty member! Prof. Zeedan holds a Ph.D. in Israeli Studies from the University of Haifa in Israel. His research interests include the history of modern Israel, Israeli politics, Middle-Eastern politics, ethnic politics, urban affairs and local governments, and public opinion. This Fall he is teaching courses on Israeli politics and government, and on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 
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