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.

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Dr. Perelmutter to be first Director of Undergraduate Studies!

Dr. Renee Perelmutter will be the first Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Jewish Studies Program! Dr. Perelmutter is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Slavic. She will begin her position as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Fall 2017 semester.


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