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The World’s Foremost Epigrapher- Chris Rollston

He’s in the news:

Rollston_700In a western Galilee excavation site, archaeologists unearth a massive stone covered in mysterious Aramaic engravings. Along the Mediterranean coast, scholars are puzzled by Phoenician markings on 4,000-year-old pottery shards. And in the deserts of Jordan, an ancient Moabite altar is discovered, but experts struggle to decipher the inscriptions adorning its surface.

What do each of these cases have in common? When Near East researchers found themselves stumped by the words on ancient artifacts, they all called Christopher Rollston.

Among the world’s leading Near East epigraphers, Rollston is a master of more than a dozen long-dead languages, from Akkadian to Ugaritic. He is a veteran of dig sites like Syria’s Umm e-Marra and Israel’s Megiddo. And, according to Eric Cline, professor of classics and anthropology, “He’s the go-to-guy when you’ve got an ancient inscription that needs translating.”

This fall, Rollston brings his skills and passion—not to mention his encyclopedic knowledge of texts from the Hebrew Bible to the Dead Sea Scrolls—to Columbian College. Or, more precisely, back to Columbian College. A popular visiting professor in the spring 2013 semester, Rollston will return to the school as a full-time associate professor of Northwest Semitic languages and literatures.

“I am delighted to be coming back to George Washington University,” Rollston said. “It is a great university with a distinguished faculty and stellar students. I have rarely enjoyed teaching as much as I did here.”

Rollston is a scholar of the ancient Near East, specializing in the Hebrew Bible, Old Testament Apocrypha, Northwest Semitic literature, paleography and biblical languages. Epigraphy—the translation of ancient inscriptions into modern languages—remains his true passion, and one that he’s eager to convey to students.

And more- which read.  Chris deserves this recognition and the fact that Emanuel foolishly let him go because of the petty jealousy of a minor academic has turned out for the best not just for Chris, but for academia.

Written by Jim

July 9, 2014 at 14:12

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Just Because It’s a Great Photo of James Aitken

Cambridge-ian and fellow SOTS colleague James Aitken is in St. Petersburg and posting photos and this is, by far, my favorite to this point.  What a great Library!


Written by Jim

July 8, 2014 at 14:25

Posted in Friends

Scholars and their Tattoos…


Written by Jim

July 3, 2014 at 14:13

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It Was A Lovely Time…

With Jack Sasson and Doug Knight in Nashville at lunch today discussing everything under the sun. What a great couple of scholars.


Written by Jim

June 30, 2014 at 16:48

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Where in the World is Joel Watts Now?

South Carolina, and sad that he had to remove his makeup to get his driver’s license…

A South Carolina teen was shocked when he was told by the DMV he would have to remove his makeup to get his driver’s license picture taken. According to Fox Carolina, Joel Watts Chase Culpepper was told he needed to look more like a boy before the picture could be taken because the DMV had rules against “disguises” being used in photos. The rules state, “at no time will an applicant be photographed when it appears that he or she is purposefully altering his or her appearance so that the photo would misrepresent his or her identity.”

To be fair to Joel, if you looked as he does you would wear as much makeup as possible.  Indeed, you would wear enough to look like Tom Cruise.  And that’s a lot.  A whole lot.

Written by Jim

June 17, 2014 at 20:53

Posted in Friends, Humor

Where In the World is Chris Tilling Now?

Florida… the sinner.

A central Florida man who weighs about 450 pounds faces multiple charges after sheriff’s deputies say he hid cocaine and 23 grams of marijuana under his “stomach fat.” According to a new release, a Volusia County sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle Friday after noticing that the passenger wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. Officials say 42-year-old Christopher Tilling Mitchell told the deputy that he’s too big to wear a seatbelt. The deputy says he requested a drug-detecting dog because Tilling Mitchell and the driver appeared nervous. The dog detected the presence of drugs in the vehicle.

Wear your seatbelt, Chris!!!!!

Written by Jim

June 17, 2014 at 20:16

Posted in Friends, Humor

A Very Lovely Day At Emory

Visiting with Jacob Wright and Pat Graham and discussing Jacob’s Prehistory of the Bible course and Pat’s interest in things Reformation oriented.  Indeed, Pat showed me some lovely first editions of several volumes- chiefly this ‘Low German’ translation of the Bible.

Written by Jim

June 2, 2014 at 21:31

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Congratulations Thomas Römer and Israel Finkelstein

Via Jack Sasson

tromerfinkelstein2News from Paris is that at its meeting on Friday, May 23, members of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (AIBL) have elected two new members as “correspondants étrangers”: Israel Finkelstein (Tel Aviv University) and Thomas Römer (Collège de France and University of Lausanne).

The distinction is accorded to scholars of non-French nationality who are distinguished by their research and writings and whose work has already been cited by the Académie. Books by professors Finkelstein and Römer have recently earned prestigious prizes from the Académie, respectively “Le Royaume biblique oublié” (Odile Jacob, 2013) and “L’Invention de Dieu” (Seuil, 2014). Founded in 1663, during the reign of Louis XIV and at the initiative of Colbert, the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres is one of five academies of the Institut de France.

Congratulations to you both!

Written by Jim

May 24, 2014 at 22:44

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Another Remembrance of Maurice Casey

3In Bible and Interpretation. It’s worth your time.

Written by Jim

May 23, 2014 at 16:30

Posted in Friends, obituary

Thomas Keeps Heaping up The Recognitions He Deserves

Le Prix 2014 d’histoire des religions de la Fondation « Les amis de Pierre-Antoine Bernheim » sera décerné le 20 juin prochain par l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres à M. Thomas Römer pour son ouvrage « L’invention de Dieu » (Seuil, 2014).

That’s fantastic! Congratulations, Thomas. As always, well deserved.

romer-27644Thomas Römer a étudié aux facultés de théologie des universités de Heidelberg et Tübingen. Il étudie l’hébreu biblique, l’ougaritique et d’autres langues sémitiques notamment sous la direction de Rolf Rendtorff, professeur d’Ancien Testament à Heidelberg, qui l’encourage à développer une thèse sur la question des Patriarches dans le Deutéronome et l’histoire déteuronomiste. Lors de la préparation de celle-ci à Paris, il fréquente l’École pratique des Hautes études, l’Institut catholique de Paris et l’Institut protestant de Théologie et obtient son doctorat en 1988. A l’invitation d’Albert de Pury, rencontré à Paris, il rejoint l’Université de Genève où il devient maître d’enseignement et de recherche à la faculté de Théologie de 1989 à 1991, avant d’y enseigner la philologie biblique et l’exégèse biblique jusqu’en 1993. A partir de 1993, il enseigne la Bible hébraïque à la faculté de Théologie et de Science des Religions à l’Université de Lausanne, ainsi qu’à l’Institut romand des Sciences bibliques (IRSB) qui lui est rattaché. En 2003, il est contacté par les autorités françaises, quand Jacques Chirac romer-livre-2c525tente d’éclaircir les allusions de George W. Bush aux prophéties bibliques sur « Gog et Magog » quelques semaines avant l’invasion de l’Irak. Il leur remet une note biblique sur cette prophétie de type apocalyptique. En 2007, sur la proposition de l’assyriologue Jean-Marie Durand, Thomas Römer est nommé professeur au Collège de France où il occupe la chaire « Milieux bibliques » : c’est la première fois que le mot « Bible » figure dans l’intitulé d’une chaire du Collège de France, où l’hébreu est pourtant enseigné depuis 1530. Figure phare de la recherche internationale dans le domaine biblique, Thomas Römer dirige la revue Semitica et les prestigieuses collections « Ancient Israelite Literature » d’Atlanta, « le Monde de la Bible », et « Essais bibliques » de Genève. Il participe également aux comités de rédaction des principales revues vétérotestamentaires. Les travaux de Thomas Römer ont contribué à renouveler profondément la compréhension de la formation et de la datation du Pentateuque ainsi de la constitution des traditions juives sur les Pères, Abraham et Moïse en particulier.

So well deserved.

Written by Jim

May 15, 2014 at 14:28

Posted in Friends


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