This is turning out to be a sucky day.
Sad news – The death of Jan Alberto Soggin . Funeral: 29.10.2010 – Chiesa evangelica valdese – Roma, Via IV – 14.30 – via Elio Jucci.
Soggin was the 2007 winner of the prestigious Burkitt Medal from the British Academy-
Alberto Soggin is an internationally celebrated scholar, whose numerous publications in learned Journals, Festschriften, and other scholarly collections as well as.
His books reveal an enviable breadth of learning and research in Old Testament study. His unrivalled knowledge of Old Testament scholarship during the 20th century is manifest in his Introduction to the Old Testament [3rd Edition 1989] and in his History of Israel from the Beginnings to the Bar Kochba Revolt [2nd edition 1993], both of which are works of enduring value to scholars and students alike and have been translated into various languages.
His early monograph on monarchy in Israel [Das Konigtum in Israel. Ursprunge, Spannung, Entwicklung. 1967] is similarly a work of lasting significance. He has published commentaries on Genesis , Joshua , Judges , and Amos , and contributed to the study of Israelite religion in his Israel in the Biblical Period: Institutions, Festivals, Ceremonies, Rituals . His has also published a characteristically lucid and comprehensive introductory volume on the Dead Sea Scrolls [I manoscritti del Mar Morto, 2nd edit. 1995].
Professor Soggin began his studies in his native Italy, where he was born in 1926, and subsequently took his doctorate at the University of Basel. He taught for some years at a Seminary in Buenos Aires before returning to Rome as Professor of Old Testament at the Waldensian Theological Faculty.
He was later appointed to the Chair at the University of Rome. He also held a part-time lecturership at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He has been a frequent visitor and lecturer at universities here in the United Kingdom, including a year as a Visiting Fellow at Christ Church Oxford, and is an Honorary Member of the Society for Old Testament Study. He was on the Editorial Board of Vetus Testamentum from 1975 to 1995. and has been a leading inspirer of, and contributor to, the Italian Journal Henoch. The first Italian scholar to receive Burkitt Medal, he is a most worthy addition to the list of distinguished scholars who have preceded him.