Ehud Ben Zvi’s interests include ancient Israelite history and historiography, social memory in ancient Israel, the latter's intellectual history, and the prophetic and historiographical books that eventually became part of the Hebrew Bible. He has worked mainly in the Persian/early Hellenistic period.
Ben Zvi’s has authored or co-authored eight volumes, such as Two Sides of a Coin: Juxtaposing Views on Interpreting the Book of the Twelve/the Twelve Prophetic Books (2009); History, Literature and Theology in the Book of Chronicles (2006); Hosea (2005); Signs of Jonah: Reading and Rereading in Ancient Yehud (2003); Micah (2000) and A Historical-Critical Study of The Book of Obadiah (1996). He has edited or co-edited more than twenty books, including Memory and the City in Ancient Israel (2014, with D.V. Edelman), Thinking of Water in the Early Second Temple Period (2014, with Christoph Levin), Imagining the Other and Constructing Israelite Identity in the Early Second Temple Period (2014, with D.V. Edelman), Remembering Biblical Figures in the Late Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods: Social Memory and Imagination (2013, with D.V. Edelman), Remembering and Forgetting in Early Second Temple Judah (2012, with Christoph Levin), The Concept of Exile in Ancient Israel and its Historical Contexts (2010, with Christoph Levin), The Production of Prophecy: Constructing Prophecy and Prophets in Yehud (2009; with D.V. Edelman), A Palimpsest: Rhetoric, Ideology, Stylistics and Language Relating to Persian Israel (2009, with D.V. Edelman and F. Polak) and Utopia and Dystopia in Prophetic Literature (2006), The Changing Face of Form Criticism for the Twenty-First Century (2003, with M.A. Sweeney) and Writings and Speech in Israelite and Ancient Near Eastern Prophecy (2003, with M. Floyd). Several other volumes related are being edited and they are anticipated to be published shortly. He has written numerous essays on the historical and prophetic books of the Hebrew Bible in which he explores the ways in which ancient Israelites construed their past and the significance of these images of the past for them. His recent work has focused, though not exclusively, in matters of Social Memory in late Persian/early Hellenistic Israel. For more information about Ben Zvi's research, click publications.
A former president of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (CSBS; 2000-2001) and of the Pacific Northwest American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature (1995-1996), and current President Elect of the European Association of Biblical Studies, he has served as the Chair of the International Cooperation Initiative (ICI) Task Force of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). He is the founder of, and served for many years as the general editor of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (1996-2014). He currently serves as co-general editor of the SBL series Ancient Near East Monographs (ANEM/MACO) and as member of other editorial boards. He the co-founder and co-chair of the research program of the European Association of Biblical Studies on Israel and the Production and Reception of Authoritative Books in the Persian and Hellenistic Periods and has chaired/co-chaired in the past units devoted to study of the Prophetic Texts and Their Ancient Contexts (1998-2006), the Deuteronomistic History (1995-1998) in SBL, and other similar units in academic organizations.
Ben Zvi is interested in constructivist pedagogical approaches. He regularly teaches courses in the areas of ancient Near East, ancient Israelite historiography and social memory, history of ancient Palestine (mainly Persian and Hellenistic periods), and biblical Hebrew.
He has been awarded the Killam Annual Professorship (2008-2009; University of Alberta), the 2007 Research Excellence Award (Full Professor Level; Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta), the 2005 McCalla Professorship (University of Alberta) and the 2000 Norman W. Wagner Technology Award of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, for his teaching website "Assisting You to Learn."
Summary of Present (and Past) Areas of teaching:
- Ancient Israelite History, Historiography and Social Memory
- Hebrew Bible
- Ancient Near East
- Second Temple period
- Biblical Hebrew
- Introduction to the Religions of the World (Western traditions)
Assisting You to Learn