William Henry Covici Propp is Harriet & Louis Bookheim Professor of Biblical and Related Languages at the University of California, San Diego, where he teaches northwest Semitic epigraphy, Assyriology, Aramaic, Near Eastern History, the Hebrew Bible, and modern Hebrew languages and literature. His particular interest is applying models from cultural anthropology to the study of ancient texts. He earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University, and at Dartmouth he will be teaching courses on "Biblical Roots of Jewish Mysticism" and "Anthropology and the Hebrew Bible." Among his many publications are two volumes in the Anchor Bible series: Exodus 1-18 (1998) and Exodus 19-40 (2006). In his talk for the University of California, San Diego, "To Be Human" series, he addresses what it meant to be human from the ancient Israelite perspective (watch a brief clip of the talk here or the complete one-hour version on YouTube).
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