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About James Watts

Research and Teaching Interests
My research involves the overlaps between rhetoric, ritual and scriptures. An assignment to write a large commentary on Leviticus has me focused on very detailed texts in their ancient Near Eastern and later Jewish and Christian contexts, while the Iconic Books Project provides a vehicle for considering the functions of scriptures from cross-cultural and trans-historical perspectives.


Present Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Traditions in the Department of Religion, Syracuse University

Curriculum Vitae


Contact Information

501 Hall of Languages
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244-1170


Pentateuch (10)

Leviticus (5)

Comparative rhetoric (3)

Ancient Iconic Books (3)

Contemporary Iconic Books (5)