Apr 18 Blog
By: Noah Wiener
Anson F. Rainey, Israel's leading historical geographer of the land of the Bible and a master of cuneiform languages such as Akkadian and Ugaritic, as well as ancient Egyptian (hieroglyphic and hieratic), to say nothing of Hebrew and Arabic, succumbed to pancreatic cancer on February 19. He was 81.
Dec 14 Blog
By: Dorothy Willette
James Barr, one of the most significant Biblical scholars of the 20th century, died on October 14, 2006, at the age of 82. Barr’s most influential work was The Semantics of Biblical Language (1961), in which he exposed serious problems with the linguistic theories and exegetical methods prevalent in the Biblical scholarship of his day, such as interpreting Hebrew based on questionable etymologies or theological views.