William J. Fulco

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William J. Fulco[1] is a scholar and Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Loyala Marymount University.


Starting in 1954 until 1960, Fulco was an undergraduate in Latin & Greek classics at the University of Santa Clara, and he earned an M.A. and PhL in Philosophy from the Gonzaga University in 1959. Between 1968-1970, he received a Ph.D. in his studies in Northwest and Comparative Semitics, Ancient Near Eastern Religions, Archaeology, Hieroglyphic & Hieratic Egyptian.


Between 1974-1975, Fulco was a Visiting Professor at the The Catholic Biblical Association of America Visiting Professorship at the École Biblique, in Jerusalem, and he had an annual professorship at the American Schools of Oriental Research between 1977-1978. In 1984, Fulco became an Adjunct Professor in the Loyola Marymount University, first teaching theology, and then Hebrew and history. Then, from 1989-1998, he also became an Adjunct Professor in Archaeology in University of Southern California, and finally in 1998, he became a National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Studies in Loyola Marymount University. In 2005-2006, the student body of Loyola Marymount University chose him as the Teacher of the Year. In 2007, Loyola awarded him the President's Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest academic recognition that can be received from Loyola. Fulco has learned many languages in his studies of the ancient near east and the ancient mediterranean, including English, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, and Hebrew, including an ability to read Classical Hebrew, Classical Greek, and almost all ancient Near Eastern languages.

William J. Fulco has professional memberships in the American Numismatic Association, American Numismatic Society, American Oriental Society (until 2000), American Schools of Oriental Research, Catholic Biblical Association of America, Commission Internationale de Numismatique, National Association for Afroasiatic Linguistics, Numismatic Society of India (until 1995), and the Society of Biblical Literature.

William J. Fulco has contributed to the production of the very well known film, The Passion of the Christ.


  1. Curriciulum Vitae [1]