In memoriam

Géza Xeravits (1971-2019)

We were deeply saddened to learn that our friend and colleague Géza Xeravits passed away on September 27. Géza was a Hungarian scholar and one of the most important European specialists in Second Temple Judaism, known especially for his scholarship on Qumran and the OT Apocrypha. He led the rebirth of Biblical Studies in Hungary, making Budapest the center of many ...

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Michael Bonner (1952-2019)

It is with great sorrow that we announce that our dear friend and colleague Michael Bonner has passed away. The news came completely unexpected. Michael had joined with great enthusiasm our seminars in early Islamic Studies, becoming one of the leading voices in the group. We were expecting him in Italy in a few weeks to present a paper at ...

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In memory of J. Harold Ellens (1932-2018)

Our dearest friend J.Harold Ellens passed away on Friday, 13 April 2018. We are full of sadness. What a great loss of a most beloved friend! We shared together more than 25 years of common scholarly work. He was one of the founding members of the Enoch Seminar, serving as secretary for the first decade and then as President of ...

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Louis H. Feldman (1926-2017)

Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1926, Feldman earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Trinity College before receiving a doctoral degree in classical philology from Harvard University. He joined YU as an instructor in humanities and history in 1955, was appointed a full professor of classics in 1966 and subsequently was named the Abraham Wouk Professor of Classics and Literature. A ...

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Joseph Mélèze-Modrzejewski (1930-2017)

Joseph (Józef) Mélèze-Modrzejewski (1930-2017) was a Polish French scholar. He was born in Poland, where he also began his academic career. In 1958 he moved to France, where he taught for thirty years (until 1999) the legal and social history of the Hellenistic world at the Faculty of Law of Paris and at the Sorbonne. From 1979 to 2010, he ...

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Giovanni Garbini (1931-2017)

Giovanni Garbini (1931-2017), one of Italy’s greatest Orientalists, passed away on January 2 in Rome. A Professor at the University of Rome, he wrote extensively about the Ancient Near East and the History of Israel. A free, critical, non-conformist mind in his often-provocative, always-intriguing approach to ancient sources. We will miss him.

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Marinus de Jonge (1925-2016)

Marinus de Jonge (1925-2016) was a Dutch scholar, Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Early Christian Literature at Leiden University from 1966 to 1990. He gave an important contribution not only to New Testament research, but also to the study of the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. He focused in particular on the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, arguing in numerous publications that ...

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Joseph A. Fitzmyer (1920-2016)

Joseph A. Fitzmyer (1920-2016) passed away on Christmas Eve 2016. He was an American Catholic priest of the Society of Jesus and professor emeritus at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. A Biblical scholar and one of the editors of the Jerome Biblical Commentary (1990), he will also be remembered for his numerous contributions to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Second ...

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