Dan Ben-Amos

Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and Folklore
835 Williams Hall
(215) 898-5857

Dan Ben-Amos, trained in the comparatist tradition in Jerusalem and at Indiana University at Bloomington, brings a truly international perspective to the Folklore and Folklife graduate program. He is the editor of a series of translations of folklore classics, primarily from European scholars. Dan holds his faculty appointment in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department.

Dan teaches History of Folklore Studies, Jewish Folklore, African Folklore, Prose Narrative, Proverb, Riddle and Speech Metaphor, Theories of Myth, Structural Analysis, and Ethnic Humor.

Courses Taught: 
  • NELC 252: Themes in Jewish Tradition
  • NELC 254: Jewish Humor
  • NELC 258: Jewish Folklore
  • NELC 653: Folklore in the Hebrew Bible
  • NELC 682: Proverb, Riddle & Speech Metaphor
  • NELC 683: Theories of Myth
  • NELC 684: Prose Narrative
Jewish Studies Program
711 Williams Hall, 255 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
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