Ephraim A. Speiser

Fellow: Awarded 1926

Field of Study: Near Eastern Studies

Fellow: Awarded 1927

Field of Study: Near Eastern Studies

Competition: US & Canada

Born: 01-24-1902

Died: 06-15-1965

As published in the Foundation’s Report for 1926–27:

Speiser, Ephraim Avigdor: Appointed for philological and historical investigations, an archaeological survey and preliminary excavation of certain sites, in the region occupied by the Mitanni-Hurri group of peoples, in northern Mesopotamia; tenure, twelve months from September 1, 1926.

Born January 24, 1902, in Galicia; naturalized December 11, 1925, at Philadelphia. Education: Austrian Imperial-Royal Gymnasium in Lemberg, 1912–20; University of Pennsylvania, M.A., 1923; Dropsie College, Ph.D., 1924.

Fellow (Biblical Literature) and Teaching Fellow (Assyriology), Dropsie College, 1922–24; Harrison Research Fellow (Semitics), University of Pennsylvania, 1924–26.

Publications: “The Hebrew Origin of the first part of the Book of Wisdom,” 1924; “Secondary Developments in Semitic Phonology,” 1926; “The Pronunciation of Hebrew according to Origen’s Transliterations in the Hexapla,” 1926; “The Place of the Hurri in the History of the Near East” (jointly with Professor Chiera), 1926; articles in American Journal of Semitic Languages, The Jewish Quarterly Review, Journal of Biblical Literature, Language.