New Co-Editors of BASOR:
Eric Cline and Christopher Rollston
ASOR is pleased to welcome Eric Cline and Christopher Rollston as the new co-editors of the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Dr. Cline and Dr. Rollston will begin their editorship on July 1, 2014. Dr. Jim Weinstein and Dr. Larry Herr will continue as co-editors until June 30, 2014. Dr. Weinstein will conclude almost 20 years as editor of BASOR.
Dr. Eric H. Cline is Professor of Classics and Anthropology, Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University, in Washington DC. A Fulbright scholar and National Geographic Explorer, he holds degrees in Classical Archaeology (BA, Dartmouth 1982), Near Eastern Archaeology (MA, Yale 1984), and Ancient History (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 1991). An active field archaeologist, he has excavated and surveyed in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States for 29 seasons since 1980. He is currently Co-Director of two excavations in Israel: Megiddo and Tel Kabri. Dr. Cline has written or edited sixteen books, published by Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Michigan, and National Geographic; he has also published nearly one hundred articles. He is perhaps best known for The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age (2000); Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel (2004); From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible (2007); Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction (2009) and The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction (2013). His books have been translated into eight languages, including Serbian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, German, Portuguese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish (the latter two forthcoming). He has previously served ASOR in a variety of capacities, ranging from Vice President (Programs) and Vice President (Governance) to Program Committee Chair and participation on COP, CAP, and CAMP, as well as the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees.
Born in Michigan, Christopher Rollston earned his MA and Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures. He works in around a dozen ancient and modern languages and dialects. Among his research and writing foci are epigraphy and palaeography, writing and literacy, scribal education, wisdom literature, and prophecy in the ancient Near East. Rollston's recent monograph "Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel" was selected (2011) by the American Schools of Oriental Research for the "Frank Moore Cross Prize" as the most substantial volume in the field of Northwest Semitic Epigraphy. He has published articles in journals such as BASOR, NEA, Tel Aviv, JBL, IEJ, Maarav, and Antiguo Oriente. He has spent substantial periods of his professional life collating inscriptions and excavating in countries such as Jordan, Israel, Syria, and Lebanon. For many years, he has chaired and co-chaired epigraphy sessions at the annual meetings of both ASOR and SBL and he has served on the editorial board of BASOR and on ASOR’s Board of Trustees. He was recently the Visiting Professor of Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures at George Washington University. During the current academic year he is a NEH research scholar at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (Fall 2013) and a Visiting Professor at Tel Aviv University (Spring 2014). Rollston has served as an Epigraphic Consultant for National Geographic, and he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.