Professor of Near Eastern Studies; Chair, Robert M. Beren Department of Jewish Studies
Aaron Koller is an associate professor of Near Eastern and Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, where he studies the ancient world of the eastern Mediterranean and Near East, especially material culture, language, and intellectual history. His most recent book is Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He lives in Queens with his wife, Shira Hecht-Koller, and their children. Aaron is on sabbatical for the year 2015-2016, serving as a visiting professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, as a fellow at the Hartman Institute, and as an NEH fellow at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research.
Professor Koller is interested in life as it was lived in ancient times, and finds that studying the languages of ancient times provide windows into all sorts of issues. He is interested especially in Near Eastern cultures from the late Bronze Age through rabbinic literature.
Authored Books The Ancient Hebrew Semantic Field of Cutting Tools: A Philological, Archaeological, and Semantic Study (Washington, DC, 2012). Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought (Cambridge, 2014). Edited Books Talmuda de-Eretz Israel: Archaeology and the Rabbis in Late Antique Palestine (ed. Steven Fine and Aaron Koller; Studia Judaica 73; Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014). Moshe Bar-Asher, Studies in Classical Hebrew (trans. and ed. Aaron Koller; Studia Judaica 71; Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013). Yale Symposium on Mishnaic Hebrew (with Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal). 18 journal and book articles 16 book reviews.
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