The Catholic University of America

   Dr. Andrew David Gross

Andrew David Gross (Associate Professor; PhD., New York University, 2006) has been on the faculty of the Semitics Department since 2008. His areas of interest include Akkadian, Northwest Semitic languages, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Ancient Near Eastern Law. His research focuses on the continuity of legal traditions between the cuneiform record and Aramaic common law. He is presently collaborating on a new edition of the Temple Scroll from Qumran Cave 11 for Brill’s Dead Sea Scrolls Editions series.



  • SEM 611/612: Biblical Hebrew Prose I-II
  • SEM 661/662: Introduction to Akkadian I-II
  • SEM 702: Ancient Israel in its Near Eastern Context
  • SEM 706: Northwest Semitic Inscriptions
  • SEM 707/708: Ugaritic Grammar and Texts I-II
  • SEM 711/712: Biblical Hebrew Poetry I-II
  • SEM 713: Intertestamental Hebrew (Qumran)
  • SEM 718: Seminar in Biblical Law
  • SEM 761/762: Reading of Akkadian Texts I-II


  • American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 2015: “Photographic Tools and the Reconstruction of the Temple Scroll.”
  • Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Diego, 2014: “Genesis 23 and the Zwiegesprächsurkunden Reconsidered.”
  • Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Baltimore, 2013: “The Legal Traditions of Nabatean-Aramaic: Something New, Something Old, or Something Borrowed?”
  • Yeshiva University Dead Sea Scrolls Seminars, New York, 2013: “The Place of the Bar Kokhba Documents within both the Aramaic Legal Tradition and the Ancient Near Eastern Legal Tradition.”



  • Co-editor, The Temple Scroll: Text and Commentary (Dead Sea Scrolls Editions; Leiden: Brill, in preparation).
  • Editor, In Pursuit of Meaning: Collected Studies of Baruch A. Levine (2 volumes; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2011). ISBN: 9781575062068
  • Co-editor, The Dead Sea Scrolls: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek Texts with English Translations. The Temple Scroll and Related Documents (Princeton Theological Seminary Dead Sea Scrolls Project, vol. 7; Tübingen: J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck); Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2011). ISBN: 9783161497551
  • Continuity and Innovation in the Aramaic Legal Tradition (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 128; Leiden: Brill, 2008). ISBN: 9789004152847

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Oracles on Accommodation vs. Confrontation: The View from Josephus and the Rabbis,” Enemies and Friends of the State: Ancient Prophecy in Context (ed. C. A. Rollston; Eisenbrauns, forthcoming).
  • “Hebrew in the Age of Revolution,” MAARAV 19 (2012), pp. 37–63.
  • “The Aramaic Law of Sale Considered from the Papyrological and Rabbinic Evidence.” In Law and Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean edited by Reinhard G. Kratz and Anselm Hagedorn (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 129–64.
  • “From Emar to Elephantine: A Study in the Continuity of Legal Traditions.” In In the Shadow of Bezalel: Aramaic, Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Honor of Bezalel Porten edited by Alejandro Botta (CHANE 60; Leiden: Brill, 2013), pp. 333–49.
  • “The Judean Desert Documents as a Regional Sub-Tradition in Aramaic Common Law.” In The Dead Sea Scrolls at 60: Scholarly Contributions of New York University Faculty and Alumni, edited by Lawrence H. Schiffman and Shani Tzoref (Studies in the Texts of the Desert of Judah 89; Leiden: Brill, 2010), pp. 99–113.

Contributions to Reference Works

  • “Ages of Creation,” “The Vision of Samuel,” “Testament of Kohath,” and “Visions of Amram.” In Outside the Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture, edited by Louis H. Feldman, James L. Kugel, and Lawrence H. Schiffman (Lincoln, NE: The University of Nebraska Press; Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2013), pp. 216–20; 1507–10; 1517–19; 1870–72.