Department of Religious Studies

John Huehnergard

Ph.D. 1979, Harvard University

Professor, Department of Middle Eastern Studies
John Huehnergard



Semitic languages and linguistics | historical linguistics | writing systems | ancient Near Eastern history


R S 353 • Queen Of Sheba In Hist/Legend

44270 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm WAG 420
(also listed as AFR 374C, ISL 373, J S 364, MES 320, WGS 340)

The course will cover the biblical story of the Queen of Sheba’s visit to King Solomon; a brief survey of
ancient Sabean (“Sheba-an”) archaeology and culture; stories about the Queen of Sheba in Jewish,
Christian, and Muslim traditions; the Queen of Sheba and Solomon as the parents of Ethiopia’s first king;
the Queen of Sheba in Western art, literature, music, and film.

R S 353 • Queen Of Sheba In Hist/Legend

44430 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm MEZ 2.122
(also listed as AFR 374C, ISL 372, J S 364, MES 320, WGS 340)

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Undergraduate Students


"The students who register for my upper-level course on “Lost Languages and Decipherment” share a love of history and language, but they come to the course from widely different backgrounds. And since the course carries an Independent Inquiry flag, the students undertake in-depth research into a particular topic, becoming experts in that topic and in how to do academic research. Those factors mean that the students invariably learn a lot from each other, and that I invariably learn more from them than they learn from me."


 Huehnergard Teaching


Huehnergard Part 2



Graduate Students


Current Students


William Bibee 

William Bibee received his B.A. in Classics, Linguistics and the Plan 2 honors major. He is a student of both Indo-European and Semitic linguistics but is currently interested in what he calls an "Integrative Linguistic Methodology" in the ancient world. 

You can check out William's full graduate profile here

Philip Zhakevich

Philip's interests include Hebrew Bible, Hebrew languages, comparative Semitics and linguistics. He is finishing up his disertation, The Tools of an Israelite Scribe: A Semantic Study of the Terms Signifying the Tools and Materials of Writing in Biblical Hebrew.

"It has been wonderful to work with Professor Huehnergard as my dissertation adviser. He is a sea of knowledge when it comes to the topics related to my dissertation. I appreciate his constant support and guidance throughout this process."

You can check out Philip's full graduate profile here





More About Professor Huehnergard


A Few Pieces Featuring John Huehnergard and His Work:  


Wondering What A Semitic Language Looks Like?

To get a further idea of what an ancient Semitic language is and what Professor Huehnergard's work consists of, check out an ancient cuneiform text that Professor Huehnergard published here.  

Featured in COLA's newsletter, Life&Letters

Recently, our own John Huehnergard was featured in the College of Liberal Arts Newsletter, Life&Letters, in an article regarding his research on the letters that adorn our main building of the University of Texas' campus. Check out the article and learn about "the iconic letters" at the center of the University of Texas' campus.  

A Festschrift in John Huehnergard's Honor

In recognition of John Huehnergard's many years devoted to scholarship, a book of articles was published in his honor and presented to him on his 60th birthday. The cover of that book can be found here and a copy of the full Festschrift can be found here.  

An Honorary Doctorate

Professor Huehnergard received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Chicago at its June, 2014 Convocation ceremonies. The following citation was read by the President of the University of Chicago: "John Huehnergard is a singularly influential leader in the field of Comparative Semitic linguistics. His groundbreaking work on language has impacted the research of scholars of the history, literature, culture, and archaeology of the civilizations of the Ancient Near East and the Mediterranean world."