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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.  His research focuses on the social, legal, and economic 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 three archeological excavations, Koç University’s Tell Atchana (Alalah) Excavations, the University of Toronto’s Tayinat Archaeological Project, and the Sirwan Regional Project’s Khani Masi Excavations.  His first book (Following the Man of Yamhad, Brill 2015) explored questions of land tenure and political territoriality at Middle Bronze Age Alalah, while his curreent book project focuses on the Satue of Idrimi from Late Bronze Age Alalah.


PhD, Assyriology, The University of Chicago, 2007

MA, Assyriology, The University of Chicago, 2001

BA, Classical Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, 1999





2015 Following the Man of Yamhad: Settlement and Territory at Old Babylonian Alalah. Culture and History of the Ancient Near East 75. Leiden/Boston.

Reviews: A. Jacquet, Revue d’Assyriologie 111 (2017): 181-85; M. Sigrist, Revue

Biblique 124 (2017): 616.

2015 Texts and Contexts: Approaches to Textual Circulation and Transmission in the Cuneiform

World, ed. with P. Delnero. Studies in Ancient Near Eastern Records 9. Berlin/Boston: Walter DeGruyter.


Peer-Reviewed Articles


2019 Literary Connections and Social Contexts: Approaches to Deuteronomy in Light of the Assyrian adê-tradition. Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel 8: 87-100.

2019 Discourse and Meta-discourse in the Statue of Idrimi and Its Inscription. MAARAV, A Journal for the Study of the Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures 23: 19-38.

2016 Iqqur īpuš at Tell Tayinat. Journal of Cuneiform Studies 68: 229-48.

2016 Approaching Ancient Near Eastern Treaties, Laws, and Covenants. Journal of the American Oriental Society 136: 125-34.

2015 A Stele of Sargon II at Tell Tayinat. Zeitschrift fürAssyriologie 105: 54-68. Co-authored with S.Batiuk.

2014 Witnessing at Old Babylonian Alalah: A New Level VII Witness List from the Koç University Excavations at Tell Atchana/Alalah. Revue d’Assyriologie 108: 25-40.

2013 The Neo-Assyrian adê: Treaty, Oath, or Something Else? Zeitschrift für altorientalische und biblische Rechtsgeschichte 19: 99-115.

2012 Esarhaddon’s Succession Treaty at Tell Tayinat: Text and Commentary. Journal of Cuneiform Studies 64: 87-123.

2011 Some Preliminary Thoughts on the Tablet Collection in Building XVI at Tell Tayinat. Journal of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies 6: 5-14.

2011 An Excavated Dossier of Cuneiform Tablets from Level VII Alalaḫ? Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 362: 21-64.

2008 The Temple of Ištar at Old Babylonian Alalakh. Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions 8:181-217.

2005 Epigraphic Finds from the Oriental Institute’s 2003 Excavations at Alalakh. Journal of Near Eastern Studies 64: 53-58.

2004 A New Fragment of the Epic of Anzû in the Antakya Museum. Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 94:80-84.

Contributions to Edited Volumes, Reviews, etc.

2019.  On UD = tu in the Levantine Correspondence from Tell el-Amarna.  Pp.39-53 in Keilschrift Syllabare & die Methodik ihrer Erstellung, ed. J. Klinger and S. Fischer.  Berliner Beiträge zum vorderen Orient.  Berlin:   PeWe-Verlag.


2019 Review of Wayne Horowitz, Takayoshi Oshima, and Seth Sanders, Cuneiform in Canaan: The Next Generation. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 382: 317-319.

2019 Contribution to a Diplomatics of the Amarna Letters from the Levant: La “mise en page.” Pp. 563-582 in De l’argile au numérique. Mélanges assyriologiques en l’honneur de Dominique Charpin, eds. G. Chambon, M. Guichard, and A.-I. Langlois. Leuven: Peeters.

2016 Neo-Assyrian Treaties. Pp. 145-169 in Context of Scripture, vol. 4: Supplements, ed. K. L. Younger. Leiden/Boston: Brill.

2015 Introduction. Pp. 1-26 in Texts and Contexts: Approaches to Textual Circulation and Transmission in the Cuneiform World, eds. P. Delnero and J. Lauinger. Studies in Ancient Near Eastern Records 9. Berlin/Boston: Walter DeGruyter. Co-authored with P. Delnero.

2015 Neo-Assyrian Scribes, ‘Esarhaddon’s Succession Treaty,’ and the Dynamics of Textual Mass Production. Pp. 285-314 in Texts and Contexts: Approaches to Textual Circulation and Transmission in the Cuneiform World, eds. P. Delnero and J. Lauinger. Studies in Ancient NearEastern Records 9 (Berlin/Boston: Walter DeGruyter).

2014 The Curricular Context of an Akkadian Prayer from Old Babylonian Ur (UET 6 402). Pp. 189-196 in Extraction and Control: Studies in Honor of Matthew W. Stolper, eds. Wouter Henkelman, Charles Jones, Michael Kozuh, and Christopher Woods. Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilizations 68. Chicago: Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.

2012 Appendix C: Old Babylonian Tablets from Adab in the Collection of the Oriental Institute. Pp. 147-154 in Bismaya: Rediscovering the Lost City of Adab, by Karen Wilson. Oriental Institute Publications 138 (Chicago: Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago).

2010 Epigraphic Report. Pp. 85-88 in Tell Atchana, Ancient Alalakh, Vol. 1: The 2003-2004 Excavation Seasons, ed. K. A. Yener. Istanbul: Koç University Press.




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