Dr. Sabine Kleiman


Seit WS 2019      Wissenschaftliche Angestellte am Lehrstuhl für Literaturgeschichte des Alten Testaments bei Prof. Jakob Wöhrle, Universität Tübingen
2015 - 2020

Dissertation zur Bronze- und Eisenzeitlichen Keramikproduktion in der Shephelah, Israel, an der Tel Aviv University

2015 M.A. Archaeology & Ancient Near Eastern Cultures (summa cum laude)
2012 – 2015 Studium an der Tel Aviv University (Programm: Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible)
2015 – 2019 Projektmitarbeiter des von dem SNF geförderten Forschungsprojektes “The History of the Pentateuch: Combining Literary and Archaeological Approaches”
2012 Fakultätsexamen
2008 – 2012

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am “Wissenschaftlich-Theologisches-Seminar”, Universität Heidelberg

2006 – 2012

Studium der Evangelischen Theologie and der Universität Heidelberg

Preise und Stipendien

  • 2017: Reisestipendium des "Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures" zum ASOR and SBL Annual Meeting 2017, Tel Aviv University
  • 2016: Ignatz Bubis Scholarship for PhD students, Tel Aviv University
  • 2014: Reisestipendium der “Foundation for Biblical Archaeology” for the ASOR Annual Meeting 2014
  • 2012: Stipendium des “Internationalen Stipendien- und Austauschprogramms des Lutherischen Weltbundes“



  • Kleiman, S., Gadot, Y., Lipschits, O., 2016. A Snapshot of the Destruction Layer of Tell Zakarīye /Azekah. Seen against the Backdrop of the Final Days of the Late Bronze Age. ZDPV 132/2: 105-133.
  • Kleiman, S., Kleiman, A. and Ben-Yosef, E., 2017. Metalworkers’ Material Culture in the Early Iron Age Levant: The Ceramic Assemblage from Site 34 (“Slaves’ Hill”) in the Timna Valley, Israel. Tel Aviv 44/2: 232-264.
  • Webster, L. C., Sergi, O., Kleiman, S., Lipschits, O., Hua, Q., Jacobsen, G. E., Tristant, Y. and Gadot, Y. 2017. Preliminary Radiocarbon Results for Late Bronze Age Strata at Tel Azekah and their Implications. Radiocarbon 2017: 1-23.
  • Koch, I., Kleiman, S., Gadot, Y., Lipschits, O., Oeming, M. 2017. Amulets in Context. A View from Late Bronze Age Tel Azekah. Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 16: 9-24.
  • Gadot, Y., Kleiman, S., Lipschits, O. 2018. A Tale of two Cities. Tel Azekah and Tel es-Safi/Gath during the Late Bronze Age. In: Shai, I.et al. (eds.) Tell it in Gath: Studies in the History and Archaeology of Israel. Essays in Honor of A. M. Maeir on the Occasion of his Sixtieth Birthday (Ägypten und Altes Testament): 206-220.
  • Tal, S., Storchan, B., Kisilevitz, S. and Kleiman, S. 2018. Closing the Gap. New Light on the Rural Settlement in the Shephelah during the Transition between the Late Bronze and the Iron Age. New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its Region XII: *22-*42.
  • Lipschits, O., Kleiman, S., Koch, I., Berendt, K., Linares, V., Richardson, S., Oeming, M., and Gadot, Y. 2019. Late Bronze Age Azekah and its Terminal Breath. BAR 45(1): 32-38, 70.
  • Kleiman, S., Koch, I., Linares, V., Sergi, O., Webster, L., Gadot, Y.  and Lipschits, O.  2019. Late Bronze Age Azekah. An Almost Forgotten Story. In: Maeir, A., Shai, I. and McKinny, C. (eds.) The Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages of Southern Canaan (Archaeology of the Biblical Worlds 2). Berlin: 37-61.
  • Kleiman, S. 2020. The Iron IIB Gate Shrine at Lachish. An Alternative Interpretation. Tel Aviv 47: 55-64.
  • Kleiman, S. and Cohen-Weinberger, A. 2020. The Provenance of Amarna Letters EA 294 and EA 296 and the Historical Implications for Canaanite Tel Batash. Israel Exploration Journal 70: 150–162.

Veranstaltungen und Projekte

  • 2018: Seminar “Pots and People? - A Story of Identity”, an der Protestantischen Fakultät der Universität Prag, veranstaltet zusammen mit Helena Roth
  • Seit 2017: Area supervisor und Publikation IAA excavation project at Ramat Beth Shemesh, Israel
  • 2017: Konferenz “Administrative and Cultic Aspects of Centralization in Ancient Israel Archaeological and Biblical Perspectives”, Tel Aviv University, veranstaltet zusammen mit Erin Hall und Katharina Pyschny
  • 2015 – 2016: Direktor der Grabung "Aphek Antipatris, the Middle Bronze Age palace" zusammen mit Assaf Kleiman
  • 2016: Teilnehmer “Introduction to Ceramic Petrology Course” at the Fitch Laboratory of the British School, Athen
  • 2016: Workshop “Revisiting the Pottery of the Late Bronze Age Shephelah: A hands-on workshop for the study of LB ceramics”, Ariel University, veranstaltet zusammen mit Prof. Yuval Gadot und Dr. Itzick Shai
  • Seit 2014: Publikation der Keramikfunde der "Renewed excavations at the Timna Valley"
  • Seit 2012: Mitarbeiter der „The Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition”, Israel
  • 2010: Mitarbeiter des "Ramat Raḥel Archaeological Project", Israel


  • Peoples between Ethnicity and Material Culture. The Shephelah during the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages. Vorgetragen bei: Tantur Ecumenical Institute (Jerusalem, Juli 2019)
  • Development and Change of Sacred Architecture. Cult Practices in the Late Bronze and Iron Age Southern Levant. Vorgetragen bei: “Scientific Conference of the German Society for the Exploration of Ancient Palestine. Temples, Synagogues, Churches and Mosques. Sacred Architecture in Palestine from the Bronze Age to Medieval Times” (Mainz, Dezember 2018)
  • Disaster in Context. Investigating a Late Bronze Destruction Layer at Tel Azekah. Vorgetragen bei: “11th International Congress on the Archeology of the Ancient near East” (München, April 2018)
  • Conceptualizations and Interpretations of Sacred Places from an Archaeological and Biblical Perspective. Vorgetragen bei: “Administrative and Cultic Aspects of Centralization in Ancient Israel Archaeological and Biblical Perspectives” (Tel Aviv, Dezember 2017)
  • Azekah’s regional and inter-regional connections during the 13th and 12th centuries BCE: A Narrative from its Ceramic Evidence. Vorgetragen bei: ASOR Annual Meeting (Boston, November 2017)
  • Social and Chronological Aspects of Early Iron Age Copper Production in the Southern Arabah: New Ceramic and Radiocarbon Studies of the Central Timna Valley Project (CTV). Vorgetragen bei: ASOR Annual Meeting (Boston, November 2017)
  • Systematic Abolishment or Honoring the Past? The End of Sanctuaries in Judah and Its Possible Interpretations. Vorgetragen bei: SBL Annual Meeting (Boston, November 2017)
  • A Judahite Sanctuary at Tel Lachish. A Re-Analysis of the Archaeological Evidence. Vorgetragen bei: Zweites Treffen des Projektes “The History of the Pentateuch: Combining Literary and Archaeological Approaches” (Tel Aviv, Dezember 2016)
  • Sanctuaries in ancient Judah. A new approach. Vorgetragen bei: Erstes Treffen des Projektes “The History of the Pentateuch: Combining Literary and Archaeological Approaches” (Zürich, Juni 2016)
  • Heiligtümer und die Bildung des Staates Judah. Eine Auswertung der Archäologischen Befunde. Vorgetragen bei: Kolloquium, Theologische Fakultaet Heidelberg (Heidelberg, Juni 2016)
  • A moment in time … A Late Bronze Age destruction layer at Tel Azekah. Vorgetragen bei: 42th IAA Annual Congress (Tel Aviv, April 2016)
  • Metalworkers’ Material Culture in the Early Iron Age: The Ceramic Evidence from Site 34 (‘the ‘Slaves’ Hill’) at the Central Timna Valley, Israel. Vorgetragen bei: “The Southern Levant and Arabia – Transitions and contacts from Late Bronze to Early Iron Age” (Berlin, Oktober 2015)
  • The end of Late Bronze Age Azekah – a Snapshot from a Destruction Layer. Vorgetragen bei: Workshop "Quo vadis Biblische Archäologie?" (Jerusalem, Juni 2015)
  • A Late Bronze III pottery assemblage from Tel Azekah: Chronology and Function (Residue Analysis). Vorgetragen bei: First Annual Ackerman Family Workshop in Biblical Archaeology Bar‐Ilan University (Tel Aviv, April 2015)
  • On the Eve of Destruction: Analyzing the Chronology, Function and Distribution Pattern of a Late Bronze Pottery Assemblage from Tel Azekah. Vorgetragen bei: Young Researchers Colloquium of the International MA Program (Tel Aviv, Januar 2015)
  • Tel Azekah at the End of the Late Bronze Age. A Snapshot from a Destruction Layer. Vorgetragen bei: ASOR Annual Meeting, (San Diego, November 2014)


  • Archäologie der südlichen Levante
  • Heiligtümer im eisenzeitlichen Juda und die Kultreform Hiskijas
  • Das Buch Qohelet