Frank Moore Cross was a transformational figure in Northwest Semitic epigraphy. His work on the Jewish Scripts of the post-exilic period, beginning in the 1950s with the Dead Sea Scrolls, is still the definitive palaeographic statement for the history and dating of Jewish Scripts of the period. His work on Northwest Semitic inscriptions had significant repercussions on the study of the chronology of ancient Judah, and moved that field forward in important ways. Cross was one of the seminal figures in epigraphy in the 20th century.
The Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (BASOR) is a widely circulated English-language academic journal in ancient Near Eastern studies. Founded in 1919 by the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), a consortium of research and educational institutions, BASOR serves as a forum for scholars worldwide. Subject areas include archaeology, history, anthropology, literature, philology, and epigraphy. The journal publishes technical reports of original research, preliminary reports of ASOR-sponsored excavations, reviews of current scholarship in the field, research notes, and book reviews.
The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) supports and encourages the study of the peoples and cultures of the Near East, from the earliest times to the present. Founded in 1900, ASOR is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. It is apolitical and has no religious affiliation. ASOR communicates news of the latest research findings in its publications and through lectures at its Annual Meeting, while its overseas institutes host scholars working in the Middle East. ASOR's book series and journals are aimed at a lay audience and specialist archaeologists, historians, and Biblical scholars. ASOR's Annual Meeting brings together scholars from around the world to present their latest findings and discuss their research. ASOR's independent overseas institutes in Cyprus, Israel, and Jordan facilitate research in the field by students and scholars. ASOR publishes three journals (BASOR, JCS, and NEA) and three book series (the ASOR Annual [AASOR], the Archaeological Report Series [ASOR-ARS], and JCS Supplement Series). Near Eastern Archaeology (NEA) is designed for a archaeology enthusiasts and undergraduates. The Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (BASOR) is ASOR's flagship scholarly journal for academic studies relating to the eastern Mediterranean. The Journal of Cuneiform Studies is subvented by the ASOR Nies Trust and focuses on the archaeology and cuneiform studies of Mesopotamia.