Professor Josef Ben-Levi
Office Hours (Spring, 2013): By appointment.
Josef Ben Levi is a scholar and educator in classical African civilizations with a focus on Kemet and it's environment. He received his B.A. in Education form Lewis University and his M.A. from Northeastern Illinois University. He started studying Biblical literature and Hebrew at the age of ten (10). By the time he was 20, he was able to read and write Hebrew and Aramaic. At that time he started studying and teaching Mdw Ntr, the ancient Kemetic (Egyptian) language and Kemetic (Egyptian) history.
In his early 20's he met Dr. Jacob Carruthers as one of his graduate students at the Center for Inner City Studies of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois and became one of the founding member of the Kemetic Institute of Chicago. During this time he also increased his linguistic facilities in Coptic, Greek, Akkadian and Sumerian languages of Mesopotamia, along with the Ugaritic and Eblaite languages. His research activity also includes current studies in the Meroitic language of ancient Nubia, which he has been pursuing since the 1970's.
He has lectured widely on a variety of topics related to African Centered Education, Philosophy in Classical Antiquity, African antiquity, and Ancient Near Eastern history and archaeology. His current research interests are in ancient Nubian Studies and translating inscriptions from the Temple of Kalabsha, the Katimala Inscription at Semna in Nubia, The Nag Hammadi Texts, and Scrolls from Qumran (The Dead Sea Scrolls).
He has been studying the Hyksos issue in ancient Egypt for more than 30 years and presented his initial finding at the 1st ASCAC conference in Los Angeles, 1984. His most recent presentation with updated findings was at the ASCAC Midwest Regional Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2003 and the ASCAC National Conference in Chicago in March 2004.
Currently he is a Visiting Lecturer at the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies at Northeastern Illinois University teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.