Emeritus Core Faculty
Richard Elliott Friedman
(Th.D. Harvard University, 1978)
Katzin Professor Emeritus of Jewish Civilization: Hebrew Bible; Near Eastern Languages and Literature
Richard Elliott Friedman is the Ann & Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia. He received his doctorate from Harvard in Hebrew Bible. He was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge and Oxford; and a Senior Fellow of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Jerusalem. He participated in the City of David Project archaeological excavations of biblical Jerusalem. His books have been translated into Hebrew, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, French, Dutch, Czech, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, Korean, and Hungarian. He teaches, writes, and lectures on the Hebrew Bible, the languages and civilizations of the ancient Near East, and comparative religion and culture. He works in Akkadian, Aramaic, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Phoenician, Ugaritic, French, and German. He has been interviewed on CNN (Larry King), NPR ("All Things Considered," "Morning Edition" "Radio Times") and other radio and television networks. Articles, reviews, and treatments of his work have appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, Time, Commentary, The Atlantic Monthly, Iowa Review, The Forward, Moment, The Jerusalem Post, Maariv, and Haaretz, and other print media. He has been a consultant for television and film (Dreamworks, NBC, A&E, NOVA, ARTE, PBS).