Baruch Halpern is a professor of Jewish Studies. He received his PhD from Harvard University, where he studied under big names like Frank Moore Cross, George Ernest Wright, Thomas Lambdin, and Thorkilid Jacobsen. He taught at York University in Toronto and spent most of his career at Penn State. He recently moved to the University of Georgia.
Halpern is primarily considered a historian; in fact, Richard Elliot Friedman called him “the foremost historian of the Bible and its world” writing today (in Friedman’s Who Wrote the Bible? he frequently refers to Halpern as the source for his ideas on the formation of E and D). Despite his focus on history and historiographical writing, he also draws on language, archaeology, and ethnology to understand the Bible and its world. For many years he was the co-director of excavations at Tel-Megiddo. His archaeological views tend to lean toward the minimalist interpretations promoted by archaeologists like Israel Finkelstein.
His publications include:
The Constitution of the Monarchy in Israel (1981)
The Emergence of Israel in Canaan (1983)
The First Historians: The Hebrew bible and History (1988)
David’s Secret Demons: Messiah, Murderer, Traitor, King (2001)