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Andrew Burlingame

Andrew Burlingame

Assistant Professor of Hebrew

On Faculty since 2020


University of Chicago
Ph.D. Candidate, Northwest Semitic Philology, 2017–present
M.A., Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, 2015

Wheaton College
M.A., Biblical Exegesis, 2011
B.A., Ancient Languages, summa cum laude, 2009

Andrew Burlingame specializes in Northwest Semitic languages (including Hebrew, Aramaic, Phoenician, and Ugaritic) with special focus on the history of textual production and written communication in the Eastern Mediterranean of the late-second and early-first millennia BCE. His current research brings together diachronic linguistics, linguistic typology, formal semantics, and study of the physical characteristics of writing materials in order to shed light on the history of alphabetic writing and scribal practice at Ugarit. He is also engaged in a number of projects examining the points of intersection between language, identity, and politics in Ugaritic and Phoenician epigraphs.

“Two fragments from a single tablet? A new proposal regarding the epistolary fragments RS 18.286[A] and RS 18.[400], with discussion of RS 18.286[B].” Altorientalische Forschungen 46/2 (2019): 186-203, with Dennis Pardee.

“Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel: Recent Developments and Future Directions.” Bibliotheca Orientalis 76/1-2 (2019): 46-74.

“ʾEšmunʿazor’s Exchange: An Old Reading and a New Interpretation of Line 19 of ʾEšmunʿazor’s Sarcophagus Inscription (AO 4806 = KAI 14).” Semitica et Classica 11 (2018): 35-69.

“Line Five of the Amman Citadel Inscription: History of Interpretation and a New Proposal.” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 376 (2016): 63-82.

For more information on my publications, please visit my Academia page

  • Collège de France Research Fellowship, France Chicago Center, Paris, France (2019–2020)
  • Rantz Scholarship Travel Grant, NELC, University of Chicago (2019)
  • Cross and Rantz Scholarship, NELC, University of Chicago (2018–2019)
  • Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize, W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (2018)
  • ManuSciences Scholarship (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung [Berlin], Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures [Hamburg], and the École Pratique des Hautes Études [Paris]) (2017)
  • American Oriental Society
  • American Schools of Oriental Research
  • Society of Biblical Literature