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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


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Contact Information

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


Pentateuch (12)

Leviticus (5)

Comparative rhetoric (3)

Ancient Iconic Books (3)

Contemporary Iconic Books (5)