Julie Deluty spent a recent summer digging up cities. When she was an undergraduate at New York University, she participated in an archeological dig in Megiddo, the famous Israeli archeological site, which has remains of thirty cities built one on top of another. She was part of a team that worked on the oldest layer, dating back to 3000 BCE. “It was amazing to be standing in history—literally and figuratively.”
Now a first-year student at The Graduate School, Julie is working toward a master’s degree in Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages. A merit fellowship recipient, Julie was invited to join the MA Society of Fellows. She is delighted to be at JTS, studying the biblical world and gaining the tools to analyze original texts. “I am also so thrilled to find people who are fascinated by the same things I am. We have this wonderful exchange.”
At NYU, Julie had a double major—Jewish History and Romance Languages. Her senior thesis was titled, “"Divine Presence and Facial Imagery: A Reevaluation of the Biblical Idiom 'al pãnãy in the Ten Commandments." While doing her thesis she felt she wanted to delve deeper into the material, and now at The Graduate School she has that opportunity.
Intellectual rigor is one part of Julie’s life, but surely not the only. She loves meeting people from different cultures in New York City and is also a big fan of ethnic cuisine. “I never run out of places to explore, new tastes, and new foods!”