Daniel E. Fleming is Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. He holds a Master of Divinity from the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Doctorate from Harvard University. He has been the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship (2004-05), the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2004-05), Senior Fulbright Fellowship to France (1997-98) and the National Endowment for Humanities Summer Stipend (1991). His research area includes Assyriology, interpretation and cultural history of the Hebrew Bible, interplay of ancient Near Eastern societies, as well as ancient Syria and ancient religion. Notable publications include Democracy’s Ancient Ancestors: Mari and Early Collective Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and Time at Emar: The Cultic Calendar and the Rituals form the Diviner’s Archive (Eisenbrauns, 2000).