Faculty Directory
Barry Eichler


Professor of Bible and Cuneiform Studies

BA, Yeshiva University,
PhD, University of Pennsylvania,

Prior to his appointment at YU, he served as a professor of Assyriology at the University of Pennsylvania for 40 years in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and as a curator of the Babylonian Tablet Collection of University's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Eichler founded Penn’s Jewish Studies Program and served as its chair (1982-1995).

Eichler's major research and teaching interests focus on cultural inter-relationships between biblical and ancient Near Eastern civilizations, with primary interest in the field of ancient law. He has taught Mesopotamian, Biblical and Jewish law at the Penn Law School. His other major area of interest is Mesopotamian literature and lexicography, which related directly to the NEH funded Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary Project.

Eichler has held fellowships at Yale University, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Penn's Center for Advanced Jewish Studies. He has been the recipient of research grants from the Council of Learned Societies and the University Research Foundation.

Eichler is the author of Indenture at Nuzi (Yale Near Eastern Researches, 5) and has edited several volumes. He has written dozens of scholarly articles and reviews, contributing to the Encyclopedia Biblica, Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, Harper's Dictionary of the Bible, the Oxford Companion to the Bible, the Encyclopedia of Religion, Religions of the Ancient World and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology of the Near East and the Reallexikon der Assyriologie.

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Fall 2018
Biblical Historiography
BIB 7350


Intro to Biblical Study II
BIB 5115


BIB 2160


Spring 2018
Genesis Ancient Near East
BIB 2015


Genesis: Biblical Cosmogony
BIB 6212


Fall 2017
Biblical Law and Society
BIB 1187H


Intro to Biblical Study II
BIB 5115


Parshat Mishpatim
BIB 9065


Book of Kings
BIB 7350


BIB 2160