Dec 14 Blog
Raymond Westbrook, the W.W. Spence Professor of Semitic Languages and professor of Near Eastern studies at the Johns Hopkins University, died on July 23, 2009, after a long battle with cancer. He was 62. Westbrook was a leading expert in Near Eastern legal traditions as well as Classical Greek and Roman law. His recent BAR article, "Good as His Word" (BAR 35:03), set the Jacob narrative from Genesis in the broader context of Ancient Near Eastern law, contractual practices and ethical behavior to illuminate the Biblical text.