Christopher A. Rollston

Christopher Rollston holds the MA and Ph.D. degrees from The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Near Eastern Studies. He works in around a dozen ancient and modern Semitic and Indo-European languages, and he focuses primarily on epigraphic texts from the ancient Middle East and Mediterranean. Ancient scribal practices, literacy in the Iron Age Levant, the origins of the alphabet, and ancient and modern forgeries are some of his precise foci. Rollston has published widely in some of the most important journals in the field, and his recent monograph (SBL 2010) entitled Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel: Epigraphic Evidence from the Iron Age was chosen to receive the Frank Moore Cross Prize for Epigraphy by the prestigious American Schools of Oriental Research. He is also the editor of Maarav, a journal about ancient Northwest Semitic texts. He co-chairs the epigraphy session at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research and for many years he chaired and co-chaired the palaeography session at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Rollston is currently a National Endowment for the Humanities research scholar at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research. Prior to this he was the Visiting Professor of Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures at George Washington University.