Aaron Tugendhaft is the Winner of the Jonas Greenfield Prize For Younger Semitists in 2012


On behalf of the American Oriental Society, the selection committee announces that it has awarded the Jonas Greenfield Prize For Younger Semitists to Aaron Tugendhaft, New York University.

The American Oriental Society honors the memory of eminent Semitist and American Oriental Society member, Jonas C. Greenfield (October 30, 1926-March 13, 1995). The Greenfield Prize carries a cash award of $5000, and is granted every three years to a younger scholar for the best article in any area of Semitic studies that has been published during the most recent two-year period.

The current competition for the Greenfield Prize covers the period from June 2010 through May 2012. According to the stipulations of the donor, candidates for the current competition were forty years old or younger by June 1, 2012.

The selection committee hereby awards the Jonas Greenfield Prize For Younger Semitists to Aaron Tugendhaft, New York University, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, and the Albright Institute, Jerusalem, for his article “How to Become a Brother in the Bronze Age: An Inquiry into the Representation of Politics in Ugaritic Myth”, Fragments Volume 2 (2012) pp. 89-104.

The Greednfield Prize Committee recommended his contribution for its (discovery and) innovative treatment of a problem in the Ugaritic mythological texts, coupled with a well-informed thesis drawing on the political tropes of the times. It represents the sort of serious philological competence and scholarly erudition that makes it shine amongst the many other worthy submissions in the competition.

The Greenfield Prize Committee:
Randall Garr, Chair (University of California Sanata Barbara)
Stephen Kaufman (Hebrew Union College)
Daniel Fleming (New York University)
Na'ama Pat-El (Ex Officio; University of Texas)