Assistant Professor, Assyriology
Department of Near Eastern Studies
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Telephone: (410) 516-5220
Academic Background: PhD, University of Chicago, 2007
MA, University of Chicago, 2001
BA, Princeton University, 1999
Research Interests: Assyriology
Jacob Lauinger is an Assyriologist who focuses on Akkadian cuneiform texts of the first and second millennium B.C with an interest in peripheral (i.e. extra-Mesopotamian) dialects of Akkadian. He received his B.A. in classical art and archaeology from Princeton University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Assyriology from the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the history of the ancient Near East and, in particular, on approaching cuneiform tablets from both philological and archaeological perspectives in order to better define the social contexts in which they were written, used, and stored. In this regard, he is fortunate to serve as the epigrapher for two archeological excavations, Koç University’s Tell Atchana (Alalakh) Excavations and the University of Toronto’s Tayinat Archaeological Project.
Currently, Jacob is preparing for publication a collection of literary and historical cuneiform texts excavated from an Iron Age temple at Tell Tayinat in 2009. (The most immediately significant tablet of this collection, a new exemplar of the so-called Succession Treaty of Esarhaddon, was published in 2012, see below.) He is also writing a book on Alalah and the kingdom of Yamhad, a polity that controlled north-western Syria from approximately 1800-1600 BC. The book focuses on defining a particular form of land tenure at Alalakh and embedding the associated economic practice within the political context of the time.
Recent articles include an essay on Alalah that is forthcoming in the Handbook of Ancient Mesopotamia, ed. G. Rubio (de Gruyter); translations of selected Neo-Assyrian Treaties that are forthcoming in Context of Scripture, vol. 4, ed. K .L. Younger (Brill); “Esarhaddon’s Succession Treaty at Tell Tayinat: Text and Commentary,” Journal of Cuneiform Studies 64 (2012); “An Excavated Dossier of Cuneiform Tablets from Level VII Alalah?” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, 362 (2011); “Some Preliminary Thoughts on the Tablet Collection in Building XVI from Tell Tayinat,” Journal of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies, 6 (2011); “Chapter 6: Epigraphic Report,” in Tell Atchana, Ancient Alalakh, Volume 1: The 2003-2004 Excavation Seasons, ed. K. A. Yener ( 2010) and “The Temple of Ishtar at Old Babylonian Alalakh,” Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions 8 (2008). Jacob has presented papers on these and other aspects of his research at national conferences in the United States and Europe and as invited lectures in Canada, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
Before coming to Johns Hopkins, Jacob was the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Research Fellow at Corpus Christi, University of Cambridge (2009-2010) and an Assistant Professor in the History Department at Roanoke College (2007-2009).
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