Faculty Directory

Aaron Brody

Robert & Kathryn Riddell Assistant Professor of Bible and Archaeology
Director of the Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology

Core Doctoral Faculty
At the GTU since
2002
(510) 849-8286

Brody has worked on excavations at Bronze and Iron Age sites on the Mediterranean coast of Israel, with participation in projects in the Negev, Akko Plain, and in northern California. His primary research interests include archaeological interpretations of the society, religion, and economy of ancient Canaan, Phoenicia, and Israel; materiality of religions; “race,” ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in archaeology and the biblical world; Postcolonial Persian period; and maritime/underwater archaeology.  He has held research posts at both the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, in Jerusalem, and the American Center for Oriental Research, in Amman.  Recently his research has focused on household archaeology, household religion, metallurgy, and interregional trade at Tell en-Nasbeh, the site that forms the principal holdings of the Badè Museum at Pacific School of Religion.

Degrees and Certifications

PhD, Harvard University, 1996
MA, Harvard University, 1994
BA, UC Berkeley, 1988

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Archaeology of the ancient Middle East
  • Household archaeology and domestic religion
  • Israelite/Judean religion; “race” and ethnicity in the biblical world
  • Postcolonial understandings of the Persian period
  • Social justice in the Hebrew Bible
Selected Publications
  • “How do you Define Ethnicity?” Pp. 182-85 in The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant, ed. C. Shafer-Elliott.  London: Equinox.

  • “Living in Households, Constructing Identities: Ethnicity, Boundaries, and Empire in Iron IIB-IIC Tell en-Nasbeh,” in Household Studies in Complex Societies: (Micro) Archaeological and Textual Approaches, The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 2015.

  • "As for me, I will dwell at Mizpah …”: The Tell en-Nasbeh Excavations after 85 Years, Gorgias, 2014.

  • “Transjordanian Commerce with Northern Judah in the Iron II-Persian period: Ceramic Indicators, Interregional Interaction, and Modes of Exchange at Tell en-Nasbeh,” in "As for me, I will dwell at Mizpah …”: The Tell en-Nasbeh Excavations after 85 Years, Gorgias, 2014.

  • “Phoenician Imports to Tell en-Nasbeh: Indicators for Interregional Interaction in the Iron IIB-IIC Southern Levant.” Pp. 133-42 in Les Produits de luxe au Proche-Orient ancien aux âges du Bronze et du Fer. Eds. M. Casanova and M. Feldman.  Paris: Maison René Ginouvès.

  • Material Culture Matters: Essays on the Archaeology of the Southern Levant in Honor of Seymour Gitin, Eisenbrauns, 2014.

Courses Taught
  • Israelite/Judean Religion (varied topics);
  • Household Religion in Israel and the Ancient Middle East
  • Archaeology of the Lands of the Bible
  • “Race” and Ethnicity in the Biblical World
  • Postcolonial Ezra-Nehemiah: Social and Religious Transformations in early Judaism