Anson Rainey

Anson Rainey
Anson Rainey is Professor Emeritus of Ancient Near Eastern Cultures and Semitic Linguistics at Tel Aviv University. Over the course of his distinguished career, he has authored and edited innumerable books and articles on the cultures, languages and geography of the Biblical lands, including the 2005 atlas The Sacred Bridge (Carta), co-edited by Steven Notley. Professor Rainey is considered to be one of the foremost Semitic language authorities in the world. He is the only scholar to have personally read and studied all of the existing Amarna tablets, the legendary administrative letters from the period of Pharaoh Akhenaten’s rule during the 18th Dynasty of Egypt.

Presenter at

  • Bible & Archaeology Fest XII, November 20-22, 2009
    Whence Came the Israelites and their Language?
    This lecture explores the latest evidence concerning the origin of the new settlers in the hill country of Canaan in the 12th century BC and their ethnic identity.

Selected Articles by Anson Rainey


Selected Books by Anson Rainey