Lawrence Mykytiuk

University Title:
Associate Professor
Division/Unit(s):
Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, & Business
Location(s):
Stewart Center
345

Professional Information

Faculty Rank:
Associate Professor
Liaison Areas:
Classical Studies
Communication
European and World History
Theatre
Asian American Studies
Research Areas:
Historical reliability of the Hebrew Bible in relation to ancient inscriptions; Bibliography of scholarship on the Bible in relation to history; Archival literacy
Education:
Ph.D., Hebrew and Semitic Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998
M.A., Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992
M.A., Hebrew and Semitic Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988
M.T.S. summa cum laude, Theological Studies, Asian Theological Seminary, Quezon City, Republic of the Philippines,1983
B.A. summa cum laude, English, Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois, 1972
Professional Experience:
Academic Librarian: Purdue University Libraries Faculty and the History Librarian, 1993 to present:
Associate Professor of Library Science, 1999 to present
Assistant Professor of Library Science, 1993-1999
Honors and Awards:
Purdue University Libraries Third Annual Research Award, with co-authors Sharon A. Weiner and Sammie L. Morris, 28 March 2017

Purdue University Libraries Second Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching, 12 April 2012

Memberships and Service:

Society of Biblical Literature, 1988 to present.  
History Advisory Board, EBSCO Publishing, 2009 to present. 
Review Panel for Library Scholars Grants, Purdue University: member 2006–2007, chair 2008. 
External reviewer of candidates for promotion and tenure:
            Montana State University Libraries, Bozeman, Mont., 2006.  
            Indiana University Libraries, Indianapolis, Ind., 2004.  

Language Skills:
Speaking ability: Native speaker of English, intermediate ability in Pilipino (Tagalog).
Reading knowledge of five modern languages: English (mother tongue), French, German, Italian, and Pilipino (Tagalog). Some acquaintance with modern Israeli Hebrew, Russian, and Ukrainian.
Reading knowledge of seven ancient languages: Aramaic, Canaanite dialects, Greek, Hebrew, Phoenician, Syriac, and Ugaritic. Some acquaintance with Latin.

Publications

Sole-Author Book:
Identifying Biblical Persons in Northwest Semitic Inscriptions of 1200–539 B.C.E. SBL Academia Biblica 12. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, Boston: Brill, 2004.
(See "Corrections and Updates" below under Sole-Author Articles.)
Twelve reviews in chronological order are by: Joseph Cathey, Review of Biblical Literature, February 2005, accessed: February 26, 2005, available to members of the Society of Biblical Literature: http://www.bookreviews.org; Paul Sanders, Review of Biblical Literature, February 2005, accessed: February 26, 2005, available to members of the Society of Biblical Literature: http:// www.bookreviews.org; reprinted in Journal of Biblical Literature 124 (2005): 354–359; Adrian H. W. Curtis, in “Book List 2005,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 29 (2005): 29–30; Simon B. Parker, Catholic Biblical Quarterly 67 (2005): 501–503; Kenneth A. Kitchen, Hiphil 2 (2005), accessed: September 7, 2005, available: http://www.see-j.net/index.php/hiphil/article/viewFile/19/17; Ronald A. Veenker, Journal of the American Oriental Society 125 (October–December 2005): 544–545; Robert P. Gordon in “Book List,” Vetus Testamentum 56 (2006): 286; reprinted in Vetus Testamentum 56 (2006): 430; Cornelis H. J. de Geus, Bibliotheca Orientalis 63 (2006): cols. 356–358; Richard S. Hess, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 49 (2006): 394–396; Christopher A. Rollston, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 345 (2007): 82–83, modified in idem, Journal of Semitic Studies 52 (2007): 373–376; Joel S. Barnett, Maarav 15 (2008): 207–210.

Sole-Author Book Chapters
“Sixteen Strong Identifications of Biblical Persons (Plus Nine Other Identifications) in Authentic Northwest Semitic Inscriptions from before 539 B.C.E.” In New Inscriptions and Seals Relating to the Biblical World, 25–57. Edited by Meir Lubetski and Edith Lubetski. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012; http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/lib_research/150/.

“The Publications of Michael V. Fox: Overview and Bibliography.” In Seeking Out the Wisdom of the Ancients: Essays Offered to Michael V. Fox on the Occasion of His Sixty-Fifth Birthday," xiii–xxv. Edited by Ronald L. Troxel, Kelvin G. Friebel, and Dennis R. Magary. Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2005.

Sole-Author, Peer-Reviewed Articles
“Eleven Non-Royal Jeremianic Officials Strongly Identified in Authentic, Contemporaneous –Inscriptions.” In Eretz-Israel: Archaeological, Historical, and Geographical Studies, vol. 32: Joseph Naveh Volume. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society and The Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2016, 57*–64*.

“Strengthening Biblical Historicity vis-à-vis Minimalism, 1992–2008 and Beyond, Part 2.3: Some Commonalities in Approaches to writing Ancient Israel’s History.” Journal of Religious and Theological Information 14(1–2) (2015): 30–48. Author’s accepted manuscript: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/lib_fsdocs/137/. Link to original published article, containing the official version of record: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10477845.2015.1035197.

“Strengthening Biblical Historicity vis-à-vis Minimalism, 1992–2008 and Beyond, Part 2.2: The Literature of Perspective, Critique, and Methodology, Second Half.” Journal of Religious and Theological Information 12(3–4) (2013): 114–155. Author’s accepted manuscript:  http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/lib_fsdocs/58/. Link to original published article, containing the official version of record: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10477845.2013.841475.

“Strengthening Biblical Historicity vis-à-vis Minimalism, 1992–2008 and Beyond, Part 2.1: The Literature of Perspective, Critique, and Methodology, First Half.” Journal of Religious and Theological Information, 11(3–4) (2012): 101–137. Author’s accepted manuscript:  http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/lib_fsdocs/52/. Link to original published article, containing the official version of record: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10477845.2012.673111?src=recsys#.VCBYcpRdXK0.

“Strengthening Biblical Historicity vis-à-vis Minimalism, 1992–2008, Part 1: Introducing a Bibliographic Essay in Five Parts.” Journal of Religious and Theological Information 9(3–4) (2010): 71–83. Author’s accepted manuscript: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/lib_research/148/. Link to original published article, containing the official version of record: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10477845.2010.526920.

“Corrections and Updates to ‘Identifying Biblical Persons in Northwest Semitic Inscriptions of 1200–539 B.C.E.’ ” Maarav 16(1) (2009): 49–132; http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/lib_research/129/

 “Accessing Voices of the Biblical World, Part 2: Tools and Corpora of Northwest Semitic Inscriptions of 1190–333 B.C.E.” Bulletin of Bibliography 59(4) (December 2002): 151–166.

“Accessing Voices of the Biblical World, Part 1: Treatments of Northwest Semitic Inscriptions for Non-Specialists.” Bulletin of Bibliography 59(3) (September 2002): 27–30.

“Did Bible Characters Really Exist? Part 3: An Annotated Bibliography of Northwest-Semitic Monumental Inscriptions from before 539 B.C., Concluded.” Bulletin of Bibliography 58(2) (June 2001): 135–141.

“Did Bible Characters Really Exist? Part 2: An Annotated Bibliography of Northwest-Semitic Monumental Inscriptions from before 539 B.C.” Bulletin of Bibliography 56(2) (June 1999): 95–104.

“Malter, Henry.” In American National Biography, 14:389–391. Edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. New York: Oxford University Press, for the American Council of Learned Societies, 1999.

“Did Bible Characters Really Exist? Part 1: An Annotated Bibliography on Methods of Evaluating Evidence in Hebrew Inscriptions.” Bulletin of Bibliography 55(4) (December 1998): 243–249.

“Is Hophni in the `Izbet Sartah Ostracon?” Andrews University Seminary Studies 36(1) (Spring 1998): 69–80.

Sole-Author, Popular-Level Articles
“New Testament Religious Figures Confirmed.” Biblical Archaeology Review, forthcoming 2018.

“New Testament Political Figures Confirmed.” Biblical Archaeology Review, vol. 43, no. 5 (September/October 2017): 50–59, 65.
“New Testament Political Figures: The Evidence. A web-exclusive supplement to Lawrence Mykytiuk's BAR article identifying real New Testament political figures (with extensive endnotes).” Bible History Daily, Biblical Archaeology Society, September 7, 2017; https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/p...
“Herod the Great and the Herodian Family Tree.” Excepted from “New Testament Political Figures Confirmed,” Biblical Archaeology Review, vol. 43, no. 5 (September/October 2017): 53. Bible History Daily, Biblical Archaeology Society, September 25, 2017; https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/p....

“Archaeology Confirms 3 More Bible People.” Biblical Archaeology Review, vol. 43, no. 3 (May/June 2017): 48–52.
This article added three people to the list at www.biblicalarchaeology.org/biblepeople on April 12, 2017, changing the title to “53 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically. A web-exclusive supplement to Lawrence Mykytiuk's BAR articles identifying real Hebrew Bible people.”

“Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible.” Biblical Archaeology Review, vol. 41, no. 1 (January/February 2015): 44–51, 76.
“Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible: Lawrence Mykytiuk’s feature article from the January/February 2015 issue of BAR with voluminous endnotes.” Biblical Archaeological Society. 8 December 2014.  http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/did-jesus-exist/.

“Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible. “Biblical Archaeology Review, vol. 40, no. 2 (March-April 2014): 42–50, 68.
“50 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically: A web-exclusive supplement to Lawrence Mykytiuk's ‘Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible’ feature in the March/April 2014 issue of BAR.” Biblical Archaeological Society. 3 March 2014. http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/people-in-the-bible/50-people-in-the-bible-confirmed-archaeologically/#note05r (with endnotes).

“Wikipedia: Unreliable Source, Useful Heuristic Tool.” SBL Forum 5, no. 1 (January 2007; posted 21 December 2006); http://www.sbl-site.org/Article.aspx?ArticleId=612.

“A Royal Dignitary—Or a ‘Royal’ Disappointment? Who’s Who in Biblical Texts and Ancient Inscriptions.” SBL Forum 2, no. 7 (July 2004); http://www.sbl-site.org/Article.aspx?ArticleId=292

Co-authored, Peer-Reviewed Articles

Weiner, Sharon A., Sammie Morris, and Lawrence J. Mykytiuk. “Archival Literacy Competencies for Undergraduate History Majors.” American Archivist 78(1) (Spring/Summer 2015): 154–180.

Morris, Sammie, Lawrence J. Mykytiuk, and Sharon A. Weiner. “Archival Literacy for History Students: Identifying Faculty Expectations of Archival Research Skills.” American Archivist 77(2) (Fall/Winter 2014): 394–424.

Anderson, Kristine J., Robert S. Freeman, Jean-Pierre V. M. Hérubel, Lawrence J. Mykytiuk, Judith M. Nixon, and Suzanne M. Ward. “A Decade of Patron-Driven Collection Development through Interlibrary Loan Requests: The Purdue University Libraries Experience.” Collection Management 35(3–4) (2010):125–141.

Anderson, Kristine J., Robert S. Freeman, Jean-Pierre V. M. Hérubel, Lawrence J. Mykytiuk, Judith M. Nixon, and Suzanne M. Ward. “Buy, Don't Borrow: Bibliographers' Analysis of Academic Library Collection Development through Interlibrary Loan Requests.” Collection Management 27(3) (2002): 1–11. 

Reviews

Review of Jewish Inscriptions of Western Europe, 2 vols., by David Noy. Shofar 14(4) (Summer 1996): 129–133.

Review of Jeremiah: An Archaeological Companion, by Philip J. King. Shofar 13(3) (Spring 1995): 87–91. 

Presentations

Selected Sole-Author Conference Papers 
“Dateless in Judea: Six People Mentioned in 1 Chronicles 24 Potentially Identifiable in Second Temple Inscriptions.” Creation of Historical Memory section. Midwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature/American Oriental Society. St. Mary’s College, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., 12 February 2017.  

“Sixteen Jeremianic Figures Strongly Identified in Contemporaneous Inscriptions of Known Authenticity.” Midwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature/American Oriental Society. Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill., 7 February 2016.  

“­Use of the Hebrew Bible in Writing Ancient Israel’s History: Agreements and Parameters among Non-Minimalists.” Ancient Israel and the History of the Levant: Methods and Approaches section. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. San Diego, Calif., 23 November 2014.

"Sixteen Positively Identified Biblical Persons in Authentic Inscriptions.” Epigraphical and Paleological Studies Pertaining to the Biblical World section. International Meeting, Society of Biblical Literature, Vienna, Austria, 23 July 2007.

"Biblical Persons in Inscriptions from the 9th through 7th Centuries B.C.E." (with German translation). Conference: "Inscriptions from the Israelite and Judahite Monarchy Period." Arbeitsgruppe für Biblische Archäologie, Studiengemeinschaft Wort und Wissen e.V. Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, 5 November 2005. 

“A Taxonomy of Identifications of Biblical Persons Named in Northwest Semitic Inscriptions.” Ugaritic Studies and Northwest Semitic Epigraphy Section. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tenn., 19 November 2000. 

“A Corpus of [Pre-Persian-Era] Northwest Semitic Inscriptions Naming Biblical Persons.” Paleographic Studies in the Ancient Near East Section. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tenn., 19 November 2000.

Co-authored Conference Papers 
Morris, Sammie L., Lawrence J. Mykytiuk, and Sharon A. Weiner. “Integrating Archival Literacy into Teaching Practices.” IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) Satellite Preconference co-sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries and DePaul University, Information Literacy Section, DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus, Chicago, Ill., 11 August 2016. 

Weiner, Sharon A., Sammie L. Morris, and Lawrence J. Mykytiuk. “Spanning Boundaries to Identify Archival Literacy Competencies.” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library Research Seminar VI, “The Engaged Librarian: Libraries Partnering with Campus and Community." Urbana, Ill., 7‒9 October 2014.

Other Information

Interviews:
One of several researchers interviewed by Erin Peterson mid-2018 on researchers' stresses and successes, for a forthcoming article in Purdue's alumni magazine.

“Researcher gives seal of approval to 53 biblical characters’ existence.” Invited, written interview of Lawrence Mykytiuk (with comments from Bob Becking and Marc Zvi Brettler), by Rich Tenorio. The Times of Israel, posted 4 August 2017; http://www.timesofisrael.com/researcher-gives-seal-of-approval-to-53-biblical-characters-existence/.

“Purdue professor’s quest brings names from the Bible to life.” Invited video and written interview by Mark Suppelsa. WGN-TV (Chicago), aired on 10 July 2017; archived at http://wgntv.com/2017/07/10/purdue-professors-quest-brings-names-from-the-bible-to-life/.

“Purdue Researcher Proves Over 50 Bible Characters Did Exist,” invited audio and written interview by Ms. Abby Aronoff. K-LOVE News (radio), aired on 4 July 2017; archived at http://www.klove.com/news/2017/06/15/LISTEN-Purdue-Researcher-Proves-Over-50-Bible-Characters-Did-Exist/.

Invited, 8-minute, live-only radio interview by telephone on “The Drew Mariani Show,” conducted by Mr. Mariani on 18 June 2017, on Relevant Radio, a Roman Catholic station in Green Bay, Wisconsin, (no recording, transcript, or archival copy). https://relevantradio.com/

“Purdue researcher verifies the existence of 53 people mentioned in Hebrew Bible,” written interview with video clip, by Timothy G. Doty, Purdue University News Service, posted 6 June 2017; https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2017/Q2/purdue-researcher-verifies-the-existence-of-53-people-mentioned-in-hebrew-bible.html.
Republished in Purdue’s student newspaper, The Exponent, paper edition, and posted online 6 June 2017 at http://www.purdueexponent.org/campus/article_de3b773e-4afc-11e7-8147-53d12e241f1b.html .
Also republished on the Purdue Libraries web site ca. 6 June 2017 at http://blogs.lib.purdue.edu/news/2017/06/07/libraries-professor-biblical-archaeology/.

Invited, live radio interview conducted by Michelle Mendoza 10 November 2015, on her afternoon program, “Live from Seattle,” over Salem Broadcasting Seattle, radio station KGNW, 820 AM, about Mykytiuk's two articles in Biblical Archaeology Review, “Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible” (January/February 2015) and “Archaeology Confirms 50 People in the Bible” (March/April 2014).

Invited interview on LikeFlintRadio, “LFR News: LFR Show 28,” aired on 20 April 2015, and was also distributed as a 49½ minute podcast containing the telephone interview conducted on March 24, 2015, by Garth "GK" Kennedy, in Australia, about Mykytiuk's article, "Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence beyond the Bible," in January/February 2015 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review. http://likeflintradio.com/latest-show-lfr-show-28-988

“50 Real People of the Bible, Confirmed by Archaeology,” invited audio interview by Gordon Govier broadcast in two parts on the radio program, The Book and the Spade, archived at http://tbts.info/episodes?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search=mykytiuk&commit=search:
“50 Real People of the Bible, Confirmed by Archaeology,” part 1, #1420, aired 19 March 2014;
“50 Real People of the Bible, Confirmed by Archaeology, part 2,” #1421, aired 26 March 2014.

“Interview: Bible Scholar Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible,” invited online written interview by Jonathan Peterson. Bible Gateway Blog, posted 5 March 2014, https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2014/03/interview-bible-scholar-confirms-50-real-people-in-the-bible/.

Recorded telephone interview for radio broadcast, invited and conducted by Mr. Jerry Snook of Metro Networks in Indianapollis, Indiana, on Nov. 16, 2005, about 5 minutes, concerning a potsherd inscribed with a name resembling tht of Goliath, excavated at the site of the ancient Philistine city of Gath, Goliath's home town, but from a later century.

"Evidence of David and Goliath Found?" invited written interview by Rossella Lorenzi of Discovery News, published on the Discovery Channel's web site, 15 November 2005, http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20051114/goliath_are_print.html

“Purdue Bible scholar: Discovery offers support for Goliath story,” invited written interview by Jim Schenke, Purdue News Service, posted 11 November 2005; https://www.purdue.edu/uns/html3month/2005/051111.T-Mykytiuk.Goliath.html.

“Researcher develops methods to test artifacts' links to the Bible," written interview by Jim Schenke, Purdue News Service, posted 27 May 2005; https://news.uns.purdue.edu/html4ever/2005/050527.Mykytiuk.Bible.html.