Prof. Elie Assis

Head of Department
Prof. Elie Assis


Books (as author)

  1. From Moses to Joshua and from the Miraculous to the Ordinary: A Literary Analysis of the Conquest Narrative in the Book of Joshua, Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2005 (Heb)
  2. Self-Interest or Communal Interest? An Ideology of Leadership in the Gideon, Abimelech and Jephthah Narratives (Judg. 6-12) (Supplements to Vetus Testamentum, 106), Brill Academic Press, Leiden, 2005
  3. Self-Interest or Communal Interest? The Stories of Three Leaders in the Book of Judges, Tel Aviv: Yedioth Press, 2006 (Translation of item 2)
  4. Flashes of Fire: A Literary Analysis of the Song of Songs, New-York: T & T Clark, 2009
  5. The Secret of Love: The Meaning of the Song of Songs, Tel Aviv: Yediot, 2010 (Adapted translation of item 1, plus one new chapter)
  6. The Book of Joel: A Prophet Between Calamity and Hope (LHBOTS, 581), New York: Bloomsbury, 2013
  7. Joel: Between Crisis and Hope, Jerusalem: Magid, 2015 (Hebrew) (Adapted translation of item 6)
  8. Identity in Conflict: The Struggle between Esau and Jacob, Edom and Israel (Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures, 19), Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2016 
  9. The Book of Haggai (Miqra Leyisrael) (Hebrew) Co-Author with Rimon Kasher (Accepted for Publication)
  10. The Book of Malachi (Miqra Leyisrael) (Hebrew) Co-Author with Rimon Kasher (Accepted for Publication)


Books (as editor)

  1. Zer Rimonom: Studies in Biblical Literature and Jewish Exegesis Presented to Professor Rimon Kasher, eds.: Michael Aioz, Elie Assis, Yael Shemesh (International Voices in Biblical Studies, 5), Atlanta: SBL, 2013



Articles and Chapters in Books

  1.              “Divine Versus Human Leadership: An Examination of Joshua’s Succession”, in: M. Poorthuis and J. Schwartz (eds.), Saints and Role Models in Judaism and Christianity (Jewish and Christian Perspectives, vol. VII), Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Press, 2004, pp. 25-42

  2.              “Song of Songs: Accord and Discord”, Teshurah Le-Amos: Collected Studies in Biblical Exegesis Presented to Amos Hakham, M. Bar Asher, N. Hacham and Y. Ofer (eds.), Alon Shevut 2007, pp. 61-69 (Hebrew)

  3.              “The Theological Meaning of the Achan Narrative (Joshua 7:1-26)”, Studies in Bible and Exegesis 9 (2009), pp. 111-128 (Hebrew)

  4.              “Structure and Meaning in the Book of Malachi”, in J. Day (ed.), Prophecy and the Prophets in Ancient Israel: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar (LHBOTS, 531), New York and London, 2010, pp. 354-369

  5.               “The Meaning of the Book of Haggai in Light of Its Structure and Historical Background”, Studies in Bible and Exegesis (2010), pp. 343-360 (Hebrew)

  6.              “The Structure and Meaning of Joel 4: 18-21”, Or Le-Mayer: Studies in Bible, Semitic Languages, Rabbinic Literature, and Ancient Civilizations Presented to Mayer Gruber on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday (ed. S. Yona), Beersheba: University Press, 2010, pp.  261-270 (Hebrew)

  7.              “The Structure and Meaning of the Samson Narratives (Jud. 13-16)”, in E. Eynikel and T. Nicklas (eds), Samson: Hero or Fool: The Many Faces of Samson (Themes in Biblical Narrative: Jewish and Christian Traditions, 17), Leiden: Brill, 2014, pp. 1-12

  8.              “Malachi’s Reproach of the Priests (Mal 1:6–2:9)”, in: R. Hautch and G. Knoppers (eds.) Covenant in the Persian Period: From Genesis to Chronicles,  Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2015, pp. 271-290



Articles in Periodicals


9.               “The Summaries of the Conquest Narrative in the Book of Joshua (Jos 11:16-12:24)”, Tarbiz 70 (2000), pp. 1-15 (Hebrew)

10.               “Chiasmus in Biblical Narrative: A Rhetoric of Characterization”, Prooftexts 22, 3 (2003), pp. 273-304

11.               “ ‘How Long are you Slack to Go to Possess the Land’ (Jos. xviii 3): Ideal and Reality in the Division Descriptions in the Book of Joshua (Chaps. xiii-xix)”, Vetus Testamentum 53 (2003), pp. 1-25

12.               “The Choice to Serve God and Assist His People: An Analogy Between Rahab and Yael”, Biblica (2004), pp. 82-90

13.               “The Position and Function of Joshua 22 in the Book of Joshua”, ZAW 116 (2004), pp. 528-541

14.               “ ‘For It Shall Be a Witness Between Us’: A Literary Reading of Jos. 22”, SJOT 18 (2004), pp. 208-231

15.               “The Meaning of Samson's Birth Narrative (Jud. 13)”, Shnaton: An Annual for Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies 15 (2005), pp. 21-38  (Hebrew)

16.               “ ‘The Hand of a Woman’: Deborah and Yael (Judg 4)”, JHS 5 (2005), pp. 1-12 (

17.               “Why Edom? On the Hostility towards Jacob’s Brother in Prophetic Sources”, VT  56 (2006), pp. 1-20

18.               “Man, Woman and God in Judg 4”, SJOT 20 (2006), pp. 110-124

19.               “From Adam to Esau and Israel: An Anti-Edomite Ideology in 1 Chronicles 1”, VT 56 (2006), pp. 287-302

20.               “Haggai: Structure and Meaning”, Biblica 87 (2006), pp. 531-541 

21.               “Composition, Rhetoric and Theology in Haggai 1:1-15”, JHS  7 (2007) 1-14 

22.               “The Alphabetic Acrostic in the Book of Lamentations”, CBQ 69 (2007), pp. 210-214

23.               “To Build or Not to Build: A Dispute between Haggai and His People (Hag 1)”, ZAW  (2007), pp. 514-527

24.               "The Temple in the Book of Haggai", JHS 8 (2008), pp. 1-10

25.               “A Disputed Temple (Haggai 2, 1-9)”, ZAW  120 (2008), pp. 582-596

26.               “The Sin at Kadesh as a Recurring Motif in the Book of Joshua”, JANES  31 (2009), pp. 1-14

27.               “The Unity of the Book of Lamentations”, CBQ 71 (2009), pp. 306-329

28.               “Psalm 127 and the Polemic of the Rebuilding of the Temple in the Post-Exilic Period”, 121 (2009), pp. 256-272

29.                “Family and Community as Substitutes for the Temple after its Destruction: New Readings in Pss. 127 and 133”, Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses  85 (2009), pp. 55-62

30.               “Love, Hate and Self-Identity in Malachi: A New Perspective to Mal 1:1-5 and 2:10-16”, JNSL 35 (2009), pp. 109-120

31.                “Zechariah’s Vision of the Ephah (Zech. 5:5-11)”, VT 60 (2010), pp. 15-32

32.                “The Structure and Meaning of the Locust Plague Oracles in the Book of Joel (1:2-2-17)”, ZAW 122 (2010), pp. 401-416

33.               “Zechariah 8 as A Revision and Digest of Chapters 1-7”, JHS 10 (2010), Article 15, pp. 1-26

34.               “Zechariah 8 and Its Allusions to Jeremiah 30–33 and Deutero-Isaiah” JHS 11 (2011), Article 1, pp. 1-27

35.                “The Date and Meaning of the Book of Joel”,  VT 61 (2011), pp. 163-183

36.               “Moses, Elijah and the Messianic Hope: A New Reading of  Malachi 3:22-24”, ZAW 123 (2011), pp. 207-220

37.               “Zechariah 8: Structure and Meaning”, JHS (2012), pp. 1-19

38.               “A Literary Approach to Complex Narratives: An Examination of Jos. 3-4”, Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 250 (2012), pp. 401-414

39.               “Mutual Recriminations: God and Israel in the Book of Malachi” SJOT 26 (2012), pp. 212-219

40.                “The Commentary of R. Abraham b. Isaac Ha-Levi TaMakH to the Song of Songs”, Hebrew Union College Annual 81 (2013), pp. 45-63 (Hebrew)

41.               “Nahmanides’ Approach to Song of Songs”, Hispania Judaica Bulletin 10 (2014), pp. 83-97 (Hebrew) Special volume: Between Edom and Kedar: Studies in Memory of Yom Tov Assis

42.               “Structure, Redaction and Significance in the Prophecy of Obadiah”, JSOT 39 (2014), pp. 209-221

43.               “Rashbam’s Relationship to Rashi in His Commentary on Song of Songs”, HUCA 84-85 (2013-2014), pp. 95*-115* (Hebrew)

44.                “The Structure, Genre, and Meaning of Psalm 129”, SJOT (Accepted for Publication)



Papers presented at Scientific Conferences

1.               “Divine Versus Human Leadership: An Examination of Joshua’s Succession” – At the ‘Jewish and Christian Perspective’ conference at Bar-Ilan university, The Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies & Catholic University of Utrecht, 26-28/6/2000

2.               “A Literary Approach to Complex Narratives: An Examination of Jos. 3-4”, to be read at the SBL 2001 International Conference, 8-12 July, Pontifical Biblical Institute and Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.

3.               “Ideal and Reality in the Division Descriptions in the Book of Joshua” The Thirteenth World Jewish Congress, Jerusalem, 07/2001

4.               The Structure and Meaning of the Samson Narrative (Jud 14-16), SBL Cambridge 19-25 July 2003

5.               Why Edom? On the Anti-Edomite Attitude, SBL Groningen, 25-28 July 2004

6.               “The Unity of Lamentations”, Summer Meeting of the Society for Old Testament Studies, Edinburgh, 18-21 July 2005

7.               Acrostics in Lamentations,  The Fourteenth World Jewish Congress, Jerusalem, 2001, 31/7-4/8/2005

8.               “The Structure and Meaning of Haggai”, SBL Edinburgh, July 2-7 2006

9.               "Why did the Judeans think that "the time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord's house (Haggai 1:2)", European Association of Biblical Studies, Budapest, August 6-9 2006

10.             "The Dispute Between Haggai and the People Concerning the Glory of the Temple, Haggai 2:1–9", SBL Vienna, July 22-26 2007

11.             “Structure and Meaning in the Samson Narrative”, Conference on "Samson Hero or Fool", Nijmegen, April 8-11 2008

12.             "The Concept of the Temple in the Book of Haggai", EABS international conference, Lisbon, August 3-7, 2008

13.             “Zechariah’s Vision of the Ephah (Zech. v 5-11)”, EABS, Lincoln 26th-30th July 2009

14.             “Temple Substitutes in Exile”, SBL, New Orleans, November 19-14, 2009

15.             “The Structure and Meaning of the Samson Narratives”, (in English) International Conference, University of Haifa, 2-5 May 2010, The Ancient Near East in the 12th-10th Centuries BCE: Culture and History

16.              “A Synchronic Approach to a Composite Narrative”, Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense: “The Book of Joshua and the Land of Israel”, CBL Leuven, 26-28, July 2010

17.              “The Function of Elijah in the Vision of Malachi”, IOSOT Helsinki,  1-6 August 2010

18.              “The Infinity of Love in the Song of Songs”, SBL Conference, Atlanta 20-24 November, 2010

19.             “The Reliance of Rashbam in His Commentary to the Song of Song on Rashi’s Commentary to the Book”, International Conference on RaShbam, Bar-Ilan University, May 31, 2011

20.             “Malachi's Reproach of the Priests, 1:6 - 2:9”, SBL Conference, London, July 4-8, 2011

21.             “Covenant in the Book of Malachi”, SBL Conference, San Francisco, November  19-22, 2011 

22.             “The Concept of Justice in the Biblical Prophetic thought”, International Symposium on Justice in Multi-Religious Perspectives, Shandong University in Jinan, China, September 23-25, 2011

23.             “The Historical Background of the Book of Obadiah”, International conference, Haifa University, 28-31 May 2012

24.             “The Locust in the Book of Joel”, SBL Amsterdam, 22-26 July 2012

25.             “The Composition of the Book of Obadiah, SBL Chicago 19-22 November, 2012

26.             “Exile within the Homeland”,  SBL Chicago 19-22 November, 2012

27.             “Psalm 122”, SBL Baltimore, 2013

28.             “Jonah’s Prayer as an Integral Part of the Book”, SBL, Atlanta, 19-22 November 2015 


Invited Lectures and Visiting Professor

29.              “The Characteristics of Ideal Kingship in the Bible” – At the ‘London School of Jewish Studies’, 11/3/99

30.             “The Conquest Narrative in the Book of Joshua: Structure and Meaning”, Bible Department seminar, Bar Ilan University, 18/5/2000

31.             “Myth and Theology in the Samson Narrative in the Book of Judges 13-16” – at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 23/1/02

32.             “The Structure of Lamentations”, seminar of Bible Department at Bar Ilan University, 30/12/04

33.             Seminar in the St. Petersburg State University, Russia, on “The Concept of Leadership in the Bible”,  29/11/04-8/12/04  (Total of 34 Hour Course)

34.             “The Structure and Meaning of the Conquest Narrative in the Book of Joshua”, Conference celebrating the publication of M. Haran’s book “The Biblical Collection”, Beer-Sheba, 1/3/05

35.             “Contradictions and inconsistencies in the Biblical Narrative”, Seminar Bible Department, Bar Ilan University, 18/5/2006

36.             “The Song of Songs: Song or Songs?”, Seminar in the Departments of Bible and Archaeology, Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, 2/1/2007

37.             “To Build or Not to Build: A Dispute Between A Prophet and the People”, Seminar of the Bible Department, Haifa University, 11/3/07

38.             “Structure and Meaning in the Book of Malachi”, lecture at the faculty of Theology, Oxford University, UK, Oxford Prophecy Seminar, 12/6/2007

39.             “The Infinity of Love: A Literary Reading of the Song of Songs”, lecture at Kings College, University of London:, 12/9/2007

40.             “The Function of Solomon in Song of Songs”, Tel-Aviv University, Department of Bible Studies, 13/1/2009

41.             “The Meaning of Love in the Song of Songs”, European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin, February 16, 2010

42.             “Dreams of Love in the Song of Songs”, ECLA Berlin, 14 February, 2011

43.              “The Meaning of Love According to the Song of Songs”, ECLA Berlin, 16 February, 2011

44.             “How to Read Biblical Narrative: Genesis 1-2”, Jinan, University of Shandong, 21st-23rd September, 2011, 6 hour seminar

45.             Visiting Professor, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Leuven University, February 5-15, 2012

46.             “The Locust in the Book of Joel: Metaphor and Reality”, Lecture addressed to the staff and PhD students in the faculty of theology and religious studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 7/212

47.             Visiting Professor,  Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Leuven University, January 21-31, 2012

48.             6 lectures in Seoul, South Korea, in various Universities and Colleges, March 2013.

49.             5 Invited lectures Japan, regarding Zechariah, April 2014.

50.             “Israel and Edom Relationship in the Bible”, Ark Institute, London, November 2014