Dr. J. Edward Wright is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism and Director of the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona. Wright received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University and did additional graduate study at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Harvard Divinity School. He has received several national and international research fellowships, including a Yad Hanadiv/Barecha (Rothschild) Foundation Fellowship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He was the President of the William F. Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem from 2006-12. He is a trustee of the American Schools of Oriental Research and a member of the Board of Advisors overseeing the creation of the Museum of Biblical Archaeology.
Dr. Wright’s area of expertise is early Jewish history and religion with particular interest in the field of early Jewish apocryphal texts. These texts shed light on the non-traditional aspects of early Jewish thought and culture, and through his research Dr. Wright hopes to depict more accurately the rich diversity of Early Judaism. Dr. Wright has received numerous teaching awards, including the Leicester and Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award and the Five Star Teaching Award.