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Michael Stahl, Visiting Lecturer

107 Anderson Hall
Hebrew Bible, Israelite religion, Ancient Near East

Michael Stahl received his Ph.D. from New York University in Bible and the Ancient Near East (2018), as well as a M.A. from NYU in Bible and the Ancient Near East (2015), a M.T.S. from the University of Notre Dame in Biblical Studies (2012), and a B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (2010). Completed with the support of a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities, Dr. Stahl’s doctoral dissertation analyzes the Hebrew Bible’s usage of the divine title “God of Israel” and provides a history of its politics. Dr. Stahl’s dissertation recently was accepted for publication with Brill as The “God of Israel” in History and Tradition (expected 2020/21).

Situated within the larger discourses and methods of biblical studies, religious studies, history, and Jewish studies, Dr. Stahl’s research integrates current critical theory with traditional historical-critical methodologies to explore the intersection of politics and religion in the Hebrew Bible and ancient Israel. His current book project, Monotheism and Empire: Yahweh, Baal, and the Politics of Divinity in Biblical Historiography, critically appropriates postcolonial theory to investigate the politics of biblical historiography depicting Israel’s relationship with its deity Yahweh in terms of an irreconcilable conflict with the West Semitic storm-god Baal. As a complement to his work on the Hebrew Bible and ancient Israel, Dr. Stahl’s research also examines the role of deities in the politics of human communities in ancient Syria and Lebanon. Dr. Stahl has presented on his research at the annual meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Before coming to the University of Florida, Dr. Stahl taught courses in biblical and religious studies at Wofford College (The Hebrew Bible; Origins of Monotheism), Converse College (Introduction to Religion; Origins of Monotheism; Bible, Gender, and Sexuality), St. Francis College (Introduction to the Hebrew Bible; Judaism), and New York University (Ancient Israel). Dr. Stahl’s courses for the upcoming 2019–2020 academic year at UF include: Hebrew Scriptures (Fall), Israelite Religion (Fall), Early Judaism and Christianity (Fall), Introduction to Judaism (Spring), New Testament (Spring), and Gender and the Hebrew Bible (Spring).



The “God of Israel” in History and Tradition (Supplements to Vetus Testamentum; Leiden: Brill; expected 2020/21).


“Yahweh and Baal in Ancient Israel and Judah” (under review).

“Between City, King, and Empire: Will the Real ‘Lady of Byblos’ Please Stand Up?” (under review).

“The ‘God of Israel’ in Judah’s Bible: Problems and Prospects” (under review).

Herem-Warfare at Ugarit? Reevaluating KTU 1.13 and KTU 1.3 II,” Ugarit-Forschungen47 (2016): 265–299.

Book Reviews:

Review of Mahri Leonard-Fleckman, The House of David: Between Political Formation and Literary Revision (Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2016), in Catholic Biblical Quarterly (under review).

Dr. Stahl’s full CV may be found HERE.