I see myself as a “literary archaeologist.” No field work is required. The purpose of this self appointed and non-existent discipline is to marry two fields which do not cooperate very well with each other: archaeology and literary studies. The texts are historical artifacts and must be treated as such.
By profession I am a Linux kernel and device driver software developer. You will find my most successful project at www.RapidDisk.org. When I am not overwhelmed with being a good husband and an excellent father, and during the little free time I may have, I enjoy immersing myself into topics of ancient history and theology. I am fluent in the language of Greek, and have been a student of Septuagintal Greek and Biblical Hebrew for quite some time; with additional knowledge in Aramaic, Ugaritic, and Akkadian grammar. My work focuses specifically on the Iron Age of both Mesopotamian and Levantine history and as of recent years, Late Bronze Age Greece, leading to a quest to find the origins of our history.
In my latest historical published research, Biblical Origins: An Adopted Legacy (2008), I wrote of the already known Documentary Hypothesis and made a courageous attempt to place a clearer date to the writings under the author we refer to as the Yahwist (J). Confirmed by archaeology, the author referred to as J dates to the timeframe surrounding the reign of Hezekiah; specifically between 701 BCE to possibly the end of Hezekiah’s reign in 687 BCE. This was during the reign of Sennacherib, king of Assyria and the Neo-Assyrian Empire that controlled the Near East during this period.
I would like to give a special thanks to Graham Hancock and the entire staff over at Ancient Origins for giving not only me but also everyone else the opportunity to share their research and ideas on their websites and message boards. Without their help, my ideas would not have had the chance to reach a wider audience.
Feel free to contact me by e-mail: comments AT petroskoutoupis DOT com