Robert Cargill, Associate Professor of Classics and Religious Studies


Dr. Robert R. Cargill (PhD 2008 UCLA, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures) is Associate Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Iowa and Editor of the Bible & Archaeology website. He teaches biblical studies, Second Temple Judaism, archaeology, and ancient languages including Biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Syriac. His recent books include Melchizedek, King of Sodom: How Scribes Invented the Biblical Priest-King (Oxford University Press, 2019) and The Cities That Built the Bible (HarperOne, 2016).

A specialist in public scholarship, you can see him regularly on CNN, History, Discovery, and Nat Geo, where he contributes and consults on shows like Nat Geo’s “Writing the Dead Sea Scrolls,” History’s “Jesus: His Life,” CNN’s “Finding Jesus,” History’s “Bible Secrets Revealed,” and most recently, CNN’s “Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury.” He has excavated at Banias, Omrit, Haẓor, and most recently at Azekah with TAU.