Oded Borowski has been teaching at Emory University since 1977. Born in Palestine in 1939, he was a member of Kibbutz Lahav, where he became involved in agriculture. He studied at the Absalom Institute of Homeland Studies in Tel Aviv, an institute which instructs in all aspects of the land including botany, archaeology, history and culture, among other fields of study.
Borowski continued his studies in Detroit where he received a B.HL (Bachelors of Hebrew Letters) from the Midrasha-College of Jewish Studies, a B.A. in Anthropology and History from Wayne State University, and a M.A./Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan. His dissertation, which became his first book, deals with Agriculture in the Iron Age in Israel. Borowski has been active in archeological digs since the early 1970s, and he worked sixteen consecutive summers with the Tel Halif excavations, a project which he now directs.
Upon arrival at Emory, Dr. Borowski joined the Romance Languages Department, where he started both the Hebrew and Arabic language programs. By 1988, Emory had created a new department named Near Eastern Studies that he chaired, which today is Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies. Currently, Professor Borowski teaches classes on the undergraduate and graduate level. His courses include: Archeology and the Bible, Daily Life in Ancient Israel, Archeology of Jerusalem, Exodus from Egypt and Settlement of Canaan, Ancient Israel’s Neighbors, and Herod the Great: the Man and His Time.