Prof. Moshe Garsiel

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General Information

  • Born: Tel-Aviv, Israel.
  • Marital Status: Married to Dr. Bathsheba Garsiel, 3 children.
  • Home Address: 110 Rothschild Street, Petach-Tiqva 49333, ISRAEL.

Education

  • 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)

Field Activity

  • 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.

Academic Activity

  • 1992-2003 Member of Beith Miqra board of editors. Member of Biqoreth U-Parshanuth (Criticism and Interpretation) board of editors
Public Lecturing Programs

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).

 

Publications

 

Doctorate Thesis

Parallels Between the Book of Jeremiah and the Book of Psalms, Tel-Aviv University 1973.

Books

  1. The Kingdom of David: Studies in History and Inquiries in Historiography, Tel-Aviv 1975 (Hebrew).
  2. 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).
  3. 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.)
  4. S. Abramski & M. Garsiel, The Book of 1 Samuel: Encyclopedia the World of the Bible, Ramat Gan 1985 (Hebrew).
  5. Midrashic Name Derivations in the Bible, Ramat Gan 1987 (Hebrew).
  6. S. Abramski & M. Garsiel, The Book of 2 Samuel: Encyclopedia the World of the Bible, Ramat Gan 1989 (Hebrew).
  7. Biblical Names: A Literary Study of Midrashic Derivations and Puns, Ramat Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press 1991, 296 p.
  8. B. Oded & M. Garsiel, The First Book of Kings: Encyclopedia of the World of the Bible, Tel Aviv 1994 (Hebrew).
  9. G. Galil, M. Garsiel & M. Kochman, The First Book of Chronicles, The World of the Bible, Tel Aviv 1995 (Hebrew).
  10. M. Garsiel et al, Psalms, vol. 2, The World of the Bible, Tel Aviv 1995 (Hebrew).
  11. M. Garsiel et al (eds.), Studies in Bible And Exegesis, vol. III, Moshe Goshen-Gottstein--in Memoriam, Ramat Gan, Bar-Ilan University Press 1993.
  12. M. Garsiel et al (eds.), Studies in Bible and Exegesis, vol. V, Presented to Uriel Simon, Ramat Gan, Bar-Ilan University Press 2000.
  13. M. Garsiel et al (eds.), Studies in Bible and Exegesis, vol. X, Presented to Shmuel Vargon, Ramat Gan, Bar-Ilan University Press, 2011.
  14. 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.
  15. M. Garsiel, From Earth to Heaven: A Literary Study of Elijah Stories in the Book of Kings, Bethesda, Maryland,  CDL Press (forthcoming).

 

Articles

  1. ''The Heroes of King David,'' in Braslavi Jub. Vol., The Society for Bible Research, Jerusalem 1970, pp. 149-159 (Hebrew).
  2. ''The Story of Ehud Son of Gerah,'' Hagut Ba-Mikra, 2, Tel-Aviv 1976, pp. 57-77 (Hebrew).
  3. ''The Story of David and Bath-sheba in the Book of Samuel--Its Nature and Purpose,'' Beit-Mikra 49 (1972), pp. 162-182 (Hebrew).
  4. ''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.
  5. 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.
  6. ''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).
  7. ''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).
  8. ''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).
  9. ''Disturbances in Married Life in the Stories of S. Agnon,'' Niv Ha-Midrashiah, 1971, pp. 216-232 (Hebrew).
  10. ''A New Commentary to the Book of Samuel--A Review,'' Immanuel, 16 (1983), pp. 25-31.
  11. ''Literary Study of Structure and Message in Jacob's Stories,'' Hagut Ba-Mikra, 4 (1983), pp. 63-81 (Hebrew).
  12. ''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).
  13. ''Samuel's Speech Concerning ''The Custom of the King'' (1 Samuel 8),'' in Hagut Ba-Mikra, 5 (1988), pp. 112-136 (Hebrew).
  14. ''Metaphorical and Metonymical Methods of Description in the Biblical Story,'' Bikoret U-Parshanut (Criticism and Interpretation), 23 (1987), pp. 5-40 (Hebrew).
  15. ''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.
  16. ''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.
  17. ''Midrashic Name Derivations in the Elijah's Cycle,'' Gevaryahu Jub. Vol., Jerusalem 1989, pp. 149-155 (Hebrew).
  18. ''Implicit Puns Upon Names as Subtle Colophons in the Bible,'' Gevaryahu Memorial Book, Jerusalem 1990 (English part), pp. 15-22.
  19. ''Puns Upon Names as a Literary Device in 1 Kings 1-2,'' Biblica 72 (1991), pp. 379-386.
  20. ''David's Battles Against the Philistines Near Jerusalem,'' Mechkerei Chag, 4, 1991, pp. 15-23 (Hebrew).
  21. ''The Story of David and Bath-sheba -- A Different Approach,'' CBQ 55 (1993), pp. 244-262.
  22. ''Homiletic Name-Derivations as a Literary Device in the Gideon Narrative: Judges vi-viii,'' VT 43 (1993), pp. 302-317.
  23. ''Shaping and Meaning in the Book of Judges,'' Beit Mikra 38 (1993), pp. 376-380 (Hebrew).
  24. ''Psalm 60 -- Its Historical Setting, Interpretation, Associations and Meaning,'' Beit Mikra 39 (1994), pp. 193-209 (Hebrew).
  25. ''Puns Upon Letter Names in the Acrostic Units of the Hebrew Bible,'' Beit Mikra 39 (1994), pp. 313-334 (Hebrew).
  26. ''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).
  27. ''Torn Between Prophet and Necromancer: Saul's Despair (1 Sam 28,3-15),'' Beit Mikra 41(1), pp. 172-194 (English).
  28. ''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).
  29. ''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).
  30. ''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).
  31. ''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.
  32. ''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.
  33. ''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).
  34. ''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).
  35. ''Revealing and Concealing as a Narrative Strategy in Solomon’s Judgment: First Kings 3:16-18,'' CBQ 64 (2002), pp. 229-247.
  36. ''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.
  37. ''Two Harlot Mothers and One Living Infant - Three Riddles in Solomon's Judgment,'' Beit Mikra 2003, pp. 32-53 (Hebrew).
  38. ''Puns on Names as a Literary Device in the Book of Judges,'' Beit Mikra 53 (2008), pp. 59-83 (Hebrew.)
  39. ''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.)
  40. ''The Four Sons of Rephaim Who Fell in Combats with David and His Heroes,'' Beit Mikra, 54 (2009), pp. 39-61 (Hebrew.)
  41. ''The Book of Samuel: Its Compilation Stages, Aims, Structure and Significance as a Historiographical Source,'' Beit Mikra, 54 (2009), pp. 21-69 (Hebrew.)
  42. ''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.
  43. “The Book of Samuel: Its Composition, Structure and Significance as a Historiographical Source,” JHS, 10 (2010), article 5 (Internet).
  44. “David’s Elite Warriors and their Exploits in the Books of Samuel and Chronicles,” JHS, vol. 11 (2011), article 5 (internet).
  45. ''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.
  46. “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*].
  47. ''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].
  48. ''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].
  49. ''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].
  50. 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.
  51. ''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).
  52. “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].

 

Research

 

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.