Eric Welch

About Me

Eric Welch is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and a Senior Lecturer in the Lewis Honors College. He has a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in History and Classic & Ancient Mediterranean Studies, an M.A. in Biblical Languages from Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary and a BA from Central Bible College. Welch’s work explores the history of the ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean worlds using historical texts and material remains. He has worked in Israel for the last 12 years at the site of Tell es-Safi/Gath, where he is the director of Area K, an agricultural production zone dating to the 9thcentury BCE. When he is not teaching or rescuing history from the sands of time, he enjoys spending time with his family. 


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My work explores the agricultural practices of ancient Israel and their influence on daily life. I am particularly interested in how the economic and political aspects of agricultural production became incorporated into the religious texts of ancient Israel. This research takes on many forms, including biblical studies, archaeological excavation, and linguistic research. Here are some recent examples of my work:

Expanding the Lower City: Area K at Tell es-Safi/Gath

Amurca/ἀμόργη: A Semitic Loanword?

An Economic Perspective on Zephaniah’s Oracle Against the Philistines