About Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

Associate Dean, Faculty of Theology and Associate Professor, Hebrew Bible & Archaeology at Jessup University in Rocklin, California. Dr. Shafer Elliott specializes in the historical, cultural, social, and archaeological contexts of ancient Israel and Judah. Dr. Shafer Elliott is an experienced field archaeologist in Israel and is currently part of the archaeological excavation team at Tell Halif, Israel. Dr. Shafer-Elliott’s current research projects includes various articles and chapters on food preparation, households at Tel Halif, and is also co-editing the T&T Clark Handbook of Food in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel.


Presenter at

Bible & Archaeology Fest XXII, November 22 – 24, 2019
Home Sweet Home: The Ancient Israelite House in Context

The form of the ancient Israelite house during the Iron Age has been the subject of much research and discussion within both the archaeology of and Biblical Studies. This presentation, however, will look at the form of the house and how it helps us to better understand the function of both the house and the household members.


Bible & Archaeology Fest XXI, November 16 – 18, 2018
Cooking in Ancient Israel

The subject of food has taken a central role on the cultural stage. There are numerous podcasts, television and radio shows, celebrity chefs, and even entire television channels dedicated to the cooking of food. More recently, our interest in food is attempting to reclaim our diets from cheap, processed fast food to what is naturally good for us and for the environment. This trend in food has even spread to the academic arena and has been the topic of much research in various fields, including Biblical Studies and Biblical Archaeology. Studies on topics such as feasting, animal and plant remains, baking, cooking pots and ovens comprise just a small portion of the good work being done by scholars who specialize in ancient Israel. This particular talk is interested in the food prepared by the average ancient Israelite. By utilizing the methods of household archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and texts from the Hebrew Bible, we will attempt to better understand what and how the Israelites prepared their food on a daily basis.