Kathryn McConaughy Medill is a scholar of the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East who completed her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins. She taught at Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, and Eastern University before joining the faculty at UW in 2022.
Medill specializes in statistical approaches to Semitic linguistics as well as in the socio-historical development of scribal norms in ancient Judah and other ancient Levantine communities. Current research interests include the coding of motion in Biblical Hebrew and measuring fluidity in Biblical Hebrew texts. Medill also supports efforts to bring the study of the ancient Near East into middle and high schools.
Medill teaches Biblical Hebrew, Introduction to the Old Testament, and Introduction to the Ancient Near East, as well as a variety of courses dealing with biblical and ancient Near Eastern literatures.
- MELC 305 A: The Biblical Prophets
- MELC 351 A: Royal Literature in the Bible and the Ancient Near East: Rebels, Kings, and Wanderers
- MELC 505 A: The Biblical Prophets
- MELC 551 A: Royal Literature in the Bible and the Ancient Near East: Rebels, Kings, and Wanderers
- BIBHEB 103 A: Biblical Hebrew Prose
- BIBHEB 513 A: Biblical Hebrew Prose
- NEAR E 309 A: Death and Afterlife in the Ancient World
- NEAR E 509 A: Death and Afterlife in the Ancient World
- BIBHEB 102 A: Elementary Biblical Hebrew
- BIBHEB 512 A: Elementary Biblical Hebrew
- NEAR E 201 A: Introduction to the Ancient Near East
- BIBHEB 101 A: Elementary Biblical Hebrew
- BIBHEB 511 A: Elementary Biblical Hebrew
- NEAR E 496 B: Advanced Studies in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
MELC 600 "In Search of the Hurrians"
MELC 600 "Readings in Biblical Criticism"
Next academic year (2024-2025):
Death and the Afterlife in the Ancient World (remote summer course)
Biblical Hebrew (BIBHEB) 101, 102, and 103
Introduction to the Ancient Near East (MELC 201)
Introduction to Myths of the Ancient Middle East (MELC 211)
Women in the Ancient Middle East