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Anne Fitzpatrick, Lecturer in Biblical Studies


I wrote my Ph.D. on Torah in the pre-exilic period at Trinity College Dublin and it was published as a monograph and a number of papers on the topic. My current research focuses on the period of restoration within the context of imperial rule in the ancient Near East and her book on the subject will appear this year with Brill. I am the co-organizer of a series of workshops on the Persian Empire that are conducted between Trinity College Dublin and the Department of Biblical Studies, Sheffield University. My current book project explores the response of small territorial kingdoms to imperial rule. I am currently supervising six Ph.D./M/Litt. Students whose research covers a wide range of subjects, including the Jews of Egypt, Jewish literature from the Second Temple period and the history of the kingdom of Edom.

I have served as secretary to the Royal Irish Academy’s Committee for Biblical and Near Eastern Religions and is a founder member of the Trinity-Sheffield Committee for Persian History through which she has organised a number of conferences. I also am a member of the Committee for Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies. 

Publications

 Books

  • Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley, Representations of Assyria in the Literary Traditions of its Subjects (forthcoming 2017)
  • Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley, Empire Power and Indigenous Elites. Leiden: Brill, 2015.
  • Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley, Assessing Biblical and Classical Sources for the Persian Period. (Editor), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz,2015.
  • Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley, Religion in the Achaemenid Persian Empire. Edited by Diana Edelman, Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley, Philippe Guillaume, Tübingen: ORA, 2015.
  • A Wandering Galilean: Essays in Honour of Sean Freyne, Edited by Z. Rodgers, with M.Daly-Denton and A. Fitzpatrick-McKinley. Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism, Brill, 2009. (http://www.brill.nl)
  • The Transformation of Torah from Scribal Advice to Law. Sheffield: JSOTS 287, 1999

Selected Articles:

  • Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley, “Preserving the Cult of Yhwh in Judean Garrisons: Continuity from Pharaonic to Ptolemaic Times,” 400-33 in Sibyls, Scriptures and Scrolls. Edited by J. Baden and H. Najman (Leiden/Boston:Brill 2016).
  • Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley, "Indigenous Elites in Yehud: the Inscriptional evidence from Xanthus, Tayma and Dedan and the Nehemiah Memoir," 127-48 in Assessing Biblical and Classical Sources for the Persian Period, ed. Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2015.
  • Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley, Continuity between Assyrian and Persian Ploicies towards the Cults of their Subjects, " in Religion in the Achaemenid Persian Empire, ed. Diana Edelman, Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley, Philippe Guillaume, Tübingen: ORA, 2015.
  • Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley, "Introduction, 1-15, Assessing Biblical and Classical Sources for the Persian Period, ed. Anne Fitzparick-McKinley, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz,2015.
  • Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley, "Models of Local Political Leadership in the Nehemiah Memoir," 309-378 in Leadership, Social Memory and Judean Discourse in the 5th-2nd Centuries BCE, Edited by Diana Edelman and Ehud Ben Zvi, London: Equinox Winter 2015.
  • “Yhwh and the gods of Palestine: a study of the seal and inscriptional evidence”, Proceedings of the Irish Biblical Society, January 2000, 19-39.
  • “Les grandes institutions juives: la Torah”, 377-395 in Histoire du Christianisme, ed. J.M. Mayeur, L. Pietri, A. Vauchez, M. Verand, Paris, Desclee, 2000.
  • “Synagogue Communities in the Graeco-Roman Cities”, 55-87 in Jews in the Hellenistic and Roman Cities, ed. J.R. Bartlett, London, Routledge, 2002.
  • “Ezra Nehemiah and some early Greek lawgivers”, 17-48 in Rabbinic Law in its Roman and Near Eastern Context, ed. C. Hezser, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2003.
  • “What did Nehemiah and Ezra do for Judaism?”, in A Wandering Galilean: Essays in Honour of Sean Freyne, Edited by Z. Rodgers, with M.Daly-Denton and A. Fitzpatrick-McKinley. Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism, Brill, 2009.

Current Project and Upcoming Workshop

The Persian Paradeisos and other Persian Gifts to Posterity (This project is funded by the IRAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION)

Current Teaching

    JF, The Bible and Jewish and Christian Origins

    SF/JS, Diasporas in Antiquity

    SF/JS, Intellectual Trends in Early Judaism

    SF/JS, Judah under Empire (From the Neo-Assyrian Period to the Maccabean Revolt)

    SF/JS, Arabs in Antiquity SS, The Jews of Egypt

    Research Profile