Jodi MagnessKenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jodi Magness is an archaeologist specializing in Palestine in the Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic periods. Her research interests include ancient pottery, ancient synagogues, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Roman army in the East, and Diaspora Judaism in the Roman world.  She co-directed excavations in the Roman siege works at Masada (1995) and in the Late Roman fort at Yotvata (2003-2007), and since 2011 has directed excavations at Huqoq in Galilee.

Magness is the author of numerous books and articles, including two award-winning books: The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Eerdmans 2002) and The Archaeology of the Early Islamic Settlement in Palestine (Eisenbrauns 2003).  In 2008 Magness received the Archaeological Institute of America’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.  She produced a 36-lecture course on “The Holy Land Revealed” with The Teaching Company’s Great Courses (released in December 2010). Magness consulted for and is featured in a National Geographic giant screen film on Jerusalem, which was released in September 2013 and is showing around the world.

Magness has served on the Boards of Trustees of the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem; the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR); the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), and is a member of the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. In January 2014, Magness was elected First Vice-President of the AIA.  After serving a three-year term, she will become the next President of the AIA for another three-year term.

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Books (Monographs and Edited Volumes)

  • The Archaeology of the Holy Land from the Destruction of Solomon’s Temple to the Muslim Conquest, New York: Cambridge University, 2012.
  • Co-edited with A. Maeir and L. H. Schiffman, “Go Out and Study the Land” (Judges 18:2): Archaeological, Historical and Textual Studies in Honor of Hanan Eshel, Leiden: Brill, 2012.
  • Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011.
  • Co-edited with Z. Weiss, O. Irshai, and S. Schwartz, “Follow the Wise”: Studies in Jewish History and Culture in Honor of Lee I. Levine, Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2010.
  • Debating Qumran: Collected Essays on Its Archaeology, Leuven: Peeters, 2004.
  • The Archaeology of the Early Islamic Settlement in Palestine, Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2003.
    • Winner of the 2006 Irene Levi-Sala Book Prize in the category of Popular Non-Fiction on the Archaeology of Israel.
  • The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002.
    • Selected as an “Outstanding Academic Book for 2003” by Choice Magazine.
    • Winner of the 2003 Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) Award for Best Popular Book on Archaeology of 2001-2002.
    • Translated into French by P. Ghirardi: Que sait-on de Qumrân? Les nouvelles interprétations, L’histoire des manuscripts de la mer Morte, La découverte du site et la vie quotidienne (Paris: Bayard, 2003).
    • Translated into Arabic by Ikhlas Khaled al-Qananuwwa (Yarmouk University: Jordanian Authority for the Dead Sea Scrolls, 2012).
  • Co-edited with S. Gitin, Hesed ve-Emet, Studies in Honor of Ernest S. Frerichs, Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1998.
  • Jerusalem Ceramic Chronology circa 200-800 C.E., Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1993.

Academic Credentials

  • B.A. in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1977)
  • Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania (1989)

Academic Appointments

  • 2002 to now: Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 1992–2002: Assistant/Associate Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology in the Departments of Classics and Art History at Tufts University
  • 1990–1992: Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology at the Center for Old World Archaeology and Art at Brown University

Selected Fellowships

  • 2015: Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship (for the Huqoq Excavation Project)
  • 2007–2008: Fellowship in the School for Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, NJ
  • 2005: Fulbright Lecturing Award at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2000–2001: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for College Teachers and a Skirball Visiting Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies
  • 1997–1998: American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship and a Fellowship in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks