Prof. Moshe Garsiel
- Born: Tel-Aviv, Israel.
- Marital Status: Married to Dr. Bathsheba Garsiel, 3 children.
- Home Address: 110 Rothschild Street, Petach-Tiqva 49333, ISRAEL.
- B.A. Bible & Hebrew Literature, Tel-Aviv University, Israel 1965.
- M.A. Bible, Tel-Aviv University 1968.
- Ph.D. Bible, Tel-Aviv University 1974.
- Post-Doctorate Biblical Archaeology, Tel-Aviv University 1974-5.
University Teaching & Administration
- 1968-1973 Instructor, The Dpt. of Bible, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.
- 1974-1977 Lecturer, The Dpt. of Bible, Bar-Ilan University.
- 1975-1977 Chairperson of The Dpt. of The Land of Israel Studies, Bar-Ilan.
- 1977-1978 Visiting Professor of Bible & Biblical Archaeology, The Hebrew Theological College, Skokie, IL., USA
- 1978-1980 Senior Lecture (status--tenure), The Dpt. of Bible, Bar-Ilan.
- 1981 Visiting Professor, spring semester, The Hebrew Theological College, Skokie, IL., USA.
- 1981-1984 Chairperson of The Dpt. of Bible, Bar-Ilan.
- 1984 Associate Professor, Bar-Ilan.
- 1985-1986 Visiting Professor of Bible & Biblical Archaeology, The University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, WI, USA.
- 1987 Bar-Ilan.
- 1989&1991 Visiting Professor of the Graduate Summer School, The Hebrew Theological College, Skokie, IL., USA.
- 1988-1992 Chairperson, The Dpt. of Bible, Bar-Ilan.
- 1992 Full Professor and a Senate member, Bar-Ilan Un.
- 1992-1993 Visiting Professor of Bible and Biblical Archaeology, The Jews' College -- The University of London, UK.
- 1994-1995 Coordinator of The Teaching Committee of Bar-Ilan's Senate.
- 1997 Part time position as a Visiting Professor at the Dep. of Bible, Tel Aviv University, Graduate School.
- 1997-2001 Dean, Faculty of Jewish Studies, Bar-Ilan Un.
- 2002-2003 Bar-Ilan, also part time position as a Visiting Professor at the Dep. of Jewish History, Haifa University Graduate School.
- 2006 – 2011 Professor Emeritus: part time position at Bar-Ilan Un; part time chair of MA program at Academic College of Education, Giveat Washington (Israel)
- 1968-1984 Coordinator of field research team. In these field excursions thousands of slides of biblical sites, archaeological digs, etc., were developed for teaching purposes.
- 1975 (Summer) Participation in the excavation at Tel Apheq.
- 1976 (Winter) Coordinator of the excavation at Izbet-Sarta (biblical Even-ezer.)
- 1976 (Summer) Coordinator of Izbet-Sarta excavation.In this season the earliest Hebrew inscription (preceding the Gezer tablet) has been discovered.
- 1977 (Summer) Coordinator of Izbet-Sarta excavation.
- 1992-2003 Member of Beith Miqra board of editors. Member of Biqoreth U-Parshanuth (Criticism and Interpretation) board of editors
Intensive activity in adult education programs: many long series of lectures on the Bible and Biblical Archaeology (accompanied with slides) were delivered in many places in Israel, Chicago & Milwaukee (USA) and London (UK).
Parallels Between the Book of Jeremiah and the Book of Psalms, Tel-Aviv University 1973.
- The Kingdom of David: Studies in History and Inquiries in Historiography, Tel-Aviv 1975 (Hebrew).
- The Rise of the Monarchy in Israel: Studies in the Book of Samuel--A second edition of a written course for The Open University, 4 vols., Raananah, Israel 2008 (Hebrew).
- The First Book of Samuel: A Literary Study of Comparative Structures, Analogies and Parallels, Ramat Gan 1983 (Hebrew); 1985 (English translation); 1990 (A second printing by Rubin Mass, Jerusalem.)
- S. Abramski & M. Garsiel, The Book of 1 Samuel: Encyclopedia the World of the Bible, Ramat Gan 1985 (Hebrew).
- Midrashic Name Derivations in the Bible, Ramat Gan 1987 (Hebrew).
- S. Abramski & M. Garsiel, The Book of 2 Samuel: Encyclopedia the World of the Bible, Ramat Gan 1989 (Hebrew).
- Biblical Names: A Literary Study of Midrashic Derivations and Puns, Ramat Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press 1991, 296 p.
- B. Oded & M. Garsiel, The First Book of Kings: Encyclopedia of the World of the Bible, Tel Aviv 1994 (Hebrew).
- G. Galil, M. Garsiel & M. Kochman, The First Book of Chronicles, The World of the Bible, Tel Aviv 1995 (Hebrew).
- M. Garsiel et al, Psalms, vol. 2, The World of the Bible, Tel Aviv 1995 (Hebrew).
- M. Garsiel et al (eds.), Studies in Bible And Exegesis, vol. III, Moshe Goshen-Gottstein--in Memoriam, Ramat Gan, Bar-Ilan University Press 1993.
- M. Garsiel et al (eds.), Studies in Bible and Exegesis, vol. V, Presented to Uriel Simon, Ramat Gan, Bar-Ilan University Press 2000.
- M. Garsiel et al (eds.), Studies in Bible and Exegesis, vol. X, Presented to Shmuel Vargon, Ramat Gan, Bar-Ilan University Press, 2011.
- M. Gruber, M.Garsiel, A. Brener, B. Levine, M. Mor (eds.), Teshurah Le-Zafrirah: Studies in the Bible, the History of Israel and the Ancient Near East, Presented to Zafrirah Ben Barak, Ben-Gurion University in the Negev Press, Beer-sheba 2012.
- M. Garsiel, From Earth to Heaven: A Literary Study of Elijah Stories in the Book of Kings, Bethesda, Maryland, CDL Press (forthcoming).
- ''The Heroes of King David,'' in Braslavi Jub. Vol., The Society for Bible Research, Jerusalem 1970, pp. 149-159 (Hebrew).
- ''The Story of Ehud Son of Gerah,'' Hagut Ba-Mikra, 2, Tel-Aviv 1976, pp. 57-77 (Hebrew).
- ''The Story of David and Bath-sheba in the Book of Samuel--Its Nature and Purpose,'' Beit-Mikra 49 (1972), pp. 162-182 (Hebrew).
- ''A Review of Recent Interpretations of the Story of David and Bath-sheba: II Samuel 11,'' Immanuel--Bulletin of Religion, Thought and Research in Israel, 2 (1973), pp. 19-20.
- M. Garsiel & I. Finkelstein, ''The Westward Expansion of the House of Joseph in the Light of the Izbet-Sarta Excavations,'' Tel-Aviv, 5 (1978), pp. 192-198.
- ''The Literary Structure, Art of the Storyteller and Development of Plot in the Book of Ruth,'' Hagut Ba-Mikra, 3, Tel-Aviv 1979, pp.66-83 (Hebrew).
- ''The Battle at Michmash (I Samuel 13-14)--A Historical-Literary Analysis,'' in U. Simon & M. Goshen (eds.), Studies in Bible and Exegesis--Arie Toeg in Memoriam, Ramat Gan 1980, pp. 15-50 (Hebrew).
- ''King Solomon's Trip to Gibeon and His Dream,'' in Ben-Yehudah Jub. Vol., The Society for Biblical Research, Tel-Aviv 1981, pp.181-218 (Hebrew).
- ''Disturbances in Married Life in the Stories of S. Agnon,'' Niv Ha-Midrashiah, 1971, pp. 216-232 (Hebrew).
- ''A New Commentary to the Book of Samuel--A Review,'' Immanuel, 16 (1983), pp. 25-31.
- ''Literary Study of Structure and Message in Jacob's Stories,'' Hagut Ba-Mikra, 4 (1983), pp. 63-81 (Hebrew).
- ''Models of Analogy and Sets of Comparison in the Bible,'' in MILET-- The Open University Studies in Jewish History and Culture, II, Tel-Aviv, 1985, pp. 35-48 (Hebrew).
- ''Samuel's Speech Concerning ''The Custom of the King'' (1 Samuel 8),'' in Hagut Ba-Mikra, 5 (1988), pp. 112-136 (Hebrew).
- ''Metaphorical and Metonymical Methods of Description in the Biblical Story,'' Bikoret U-Parshanut (Criticism and Interpretation), 23 (1987), pp. 5-40 (Hebrew).
- ''Wit, Words and a Woman: 1 Samuel 25,'' in Y. T. Radday & A. Brener (eds.), On Humor and the Comic in the Hebrew Bible, JSOT Monograph Series, Sheffield Academic Press 1991, pp. 163-170.
- ''Midrashic Name Derivations in the Book of Samuel,'' in M. Bar-Asher et. al. (eds.), Studies in Bible and Exegesis, 3, In Memorian of M. Goshen-Gotstein, Ramat Gan 1993 (Hebrew), pp. 105-119.
- ''Midrashic Name Derivations in the Elijah's Cycle,'' Gevaryahu Jub. Vol., Jerusalem 1989, pp. 149-155 (Hebrew).
- ''Implicit Puns Upon Names as Subtle Colophons in the Bible,'' Gevaryahu Memorial Book, Jerusalem 1990 (English part), pp. 15-22.
- ''Puns Upon Names as a Literary Device in 1 Kings 1-2,'' Biblica 72 (1991), pp. 379-386.
- ''David's Battles Against the Philistines Near Jerusalem,'' Mechkerei Chag, 4, 1991, pp. 15-23 (Hebrew).
- ''The Story of David and Bath-sheba -- A Different Approach,'' CBQ 55 (1993), pp. 244-262.
- ''Homiletic Name-Derivations as a Literary Device in the Gideon Narrative: Judges vi-viii,'' VT 43 (1993), pp. 302-317.
- ''Shaping and Meaning in the Book of Judges,'' Beit Mikra 38 (1993), pp. 376-380 (Hebrew).
- ''Psalm 60 -- Its Historical Setting, Interpretation, Associations and Meaning,'' Beit Mikra 39 (1994), pp. 193-209 (Hebrew).
- ''Puns Upon Letter Names in the Acrostic Units of the Hebrew Bible,'' Beit Mikra 39 (1994), pp. 313-334 (Hebrew).
- ''The Biblical Origin of the Place Name of the Valley of Theropoeon in Jerusalem, Mentioned by Josephus Flavius,'' Beit Mikra 40 (1995), pp.127-134 (Hebrew).
- ''Torn Between Prophet and Necromancer: Saul's Despair (1 Sam 28,3-15),'' Beit Mikra 41(1), pp. 172-194 (English).
- ''Elements of History and Reality in the Description of the Ela Valley Warfare and the Combat Between David and Goliath (1 Sam 17),'' Beit Mikra 41 (1997), pp. 293-316 (Hebrew).
- ''The Battle of Mizpa (1 Sam 7) -- Between History and Historiography,'' in Y. Hoffman and F. Polak (eds.), A Light for Jacob in Memory of J.S. Licht, Bialik and Tel Aviv Un. Jerusalem 1997, pp. 78-89.(Hebrew).
- ''The Structure and Contents of Chronicles as a Veiled Polemic Against the Samaritans,'' Beit Mikra 41 (1997), pp. 293-314. (Hebrew); English version: ''The Structure and Contents of Chronicles as a Veiled Polemic against the Samaritans,'' in: Joshua Schwartz et al (eds.), Jerusalem and Eretz Israel, Arie Kindler Volume, The Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies and Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv 2000, pp. 42-60 (the English section).
- ''Wordplays, Puns and Puns Upon Names as a Literary Rhetorical Device in the Book of Samuel,'' Beit Mikra 42 (1998), pp. 1-4 (Hebrew). English version:'' Word Play and Puns as a Rhetorical Device in the Book of Samuel,'' in S. B. Noegel (ed.), Puns and Pundits: Word Play in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Literature, CDL Press, Bethesda, Maryland 2000, pp. 181-204.
- ''David’s Warfare Against the Philistines in the Vicinity of Jerusalem (2 Sam 5,17-25; 1 Chron 14,8-16),'' in: G. Galil and M. Weinfeld (eds.), Studies in Historical Geography and Biblical Historiography: Presented to Zecharia Kallai, Sup. VT, vol. LXXXI, Brill, Leiden 2000, pp. 150-164.
- ''The Portrayal of David’s Census in 1 Chr. 21 in Light of the Parallel Account in 2 Sam.24,'' in M. Garsiel et al (eds.), Studies in Bible and Exegesis, vol. V, Presented to Uriel Simon, Bar-Ilan University Press, Raman Gan 2000, pp. 137-160 (Hebrew).
- ''King Saul in Distress: Torn Between Samuel the Prophet and a She Necromancer (1 Sam. 3-25),'' in: R. Kasher, and M. Zippor (eds.), Studies in Bible and Exegesis. Vol VI, Yehuda Komlosh - In Memoriam, Bar-Ilan University Press, Raman Gan 2002, pp. 25-45 (An enlarged and updated Hebrew version of article Num.27 above).
- ''Revealing and Concealing as a Narrative Strategy in Solomon’s Judgment: First Kings 3:16-18,'' CBQ 64 (2002), pp. 229-247.
- ''The Water Retrieval Mission of David’s Three Warriors and Its Relationship to the Battle of the Valley of Refaim,'' in M. Heltzer & M. Malul (eds.), Teshurot LaAvishur: Studies in the Bible and the Ancient Near East, in Hebrew and Semitic Languages, Archaeological Center Publications, Old Jaffa, Israel 2004, pp. 51-62 (English section).
A different Hebrew version in A. Faust and E. Baruch (eds.), New Studies on Jerusalem 8: Proceedings of Eighth Conference, December 26th 2002, Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies, Ramat-Gan 2002, pp. 25-38.
- ''Two Harlot Mothers and One Living Infant - Three Riddles in Solomon's Judgment,'' Beit Mikra 2003, pp. 32-53 (Hebrew).
- ''Puns on Names as a Literary Device in the Book of Judges,'' Beit Mikra 53 (2008), pp. 59-83 (Hebrew.)
- ''The Elah Valley's Battle, the Duel of David and Goliath and why Goliath's Head and weapons end up in Jerusalem,'' New Studies on Jerusalem, vol. 14 (2008), pp. 53-87 (Hebrew.)
- ''The Four Sons of Rephaim Who Fell in Combats with David and His Heroes,'' Beit Mikra, 54 (2009), pp. 39-61 (Hebrew.)
- ''The Book of Samuel: Its Compilation Stages, Aims, Structure and Significance as a Historiographical Source,'' Beit Mikra, 54 (2009), pp. 21-69 (Hebrew.)
- ''The Valley of Elah Battle and the Duel of David with Goliath: Between History and Artistic Theological Historiography,'' G. Galil, M. Geller, A. Millard (eds.), Homeland And Exile: Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Honour of Bustenay Oded, Supplements to Vetus Testamentum 130, Leiden & Boston, Brill 2009, pp. 391-426.
- “The Book of Samuel: Its Composition, Structure and Significance as a Historiographical Source,” JHS, 10 (2010), article 5 (Internet).
- “David’s Elite Warriors and their Exploits in the Books of Samuel and Chronicles,” JHS, vol. 11 (2011), article 5 (internet).
- ''Ideological Discordance between the Prophets Nathan and Samuel as Reflecting the Divergence between the Book of Samuel's Authors,'' in G. Galil, A. Gilboa, A.M. Maeir & D. Kahn (eds.), The Ancient Near East in the 12th-10th Centuries BCE: Culture and History, AOAT 392, Münster Ugarit Verlag 2012, pp. 175-198.
- “Intertextual Dialectics on the Issue of Reward and Punishment: the Case of Psalms 1, Jeremiah 12 and 17,” Beit Mikra 57 (2012), pp, 9-27 [Hebrew; English summary pp. 5*-6*].
- ''The Relationship between David and Michal, Daughter of King Saul,'' in M. Garsiel et al (eds.), Studies in Bible and Exegesis, vol. X, Presented to Shmuel Vargon, Ramat Gan, Bar-Ilan University Press 2011, pp. 117-134 [Hebrew; English summary pp. XI-XII].
- ''Samuel's Public Speeches and his Admonishes to Saul as Reflecting the Anti-Monarchic Positions of the Second Author of the Book Samuel,'' in M. Gruber, M.Garsiel, A. Brener, B. Levine, M. Mor (eds.), Teshurah Le-Zafrirah: Studies in the Bible, the History of Israel and the Ancient Near East, Presented to Zafrirah Ben Barak, Ben-Gurion University in the Negev Press, Beer-sheba 2012, pp. 135-154 [Hebrew; English summary p. *95].
- ''Vicissitudes in the Story of the Struggle Between Adonijah and Solomon Revolving around the Jerusalemite Throne Succession of King David (1 Kings 1-2): Historiography, Poetics and Rhetoric,'' New Studies on Jerusalem 17 (Ramat Gan, Bar-Ilan University: Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Stusies, 2011), pp. 107-136 [Hebrew].
- The Battle of Michmash (1 Sam 13-14): History, Historiography, Poetics and Theology Combined” ,” in Kathleen Abraham and Joseph Fleishman (eds.), Looking at the Ancient Near East and the Bible through the Same Eyes: Minha LeAhron--A Ttribute to Professor Aaron Skaist, Bethesda, MD: CDL Press 2012, p.p. 25-58.
- ''The Story of David, Nabal and Abigail (1 Sam 25): A Literary Study of Wordplay on Names, Analogies, and Socially Structured Opposites,'' in D. Bodi (ed.), Abigail, David's Wife. Her Beauty and Ruse, Hebrew Bible Monographs, 32; Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013 (forthcoming).
- “The Succession Rivalry between Adonijah and Solomon (1 Kings 1-2): The Story’s Genesis and its Historiographical, Literary and Rhetorical Values,” in Chaim Cohen, Claire Gottlieb, M. Gruber et al (eds.), Meir Lubetski Festschrift [forthcoming].
Academic Fields of Interest
- Historiography of the Bible.
- Geographical and archaeological aspects of the Bible.
- A literary interpretation of the Bible.
- Biblical names and their literary meaning.
- Ugaritic writings and the Bible.