The Memorial Service for Jan Alberto Soggin

An attendee at the memorial writes

This afternoon I took part to the memorial service for J.A. Soggin. The little church of via IV novembre was full with people and everybody listened with great attention the speeches delivered by Daniel Garrone, Dean of Waldesian Facoulty of Theology, by J.N: Aletti, Dean of the Pontifical Biblical Institute (where Soggin was visiting professor for nearly twenty years) and by M.. Cignoni, president of the Concistoro of that Church. Each speaker underlined an aspect of Prof Soggin personality; his international esteem (everybody knew and appreciated him!), his faith, his kindness towards students, collegues (even towards the biting Garbini!) and ordinary people. I saw him enraged just against his personal computer. I too can witness this, as he followed my M.A. thesis and he was my Doktoratvater. His house was ever open, as was always ready to listen and to help. Last but not least, he was a good teacher too: the lessons were full with bibliographical informations and hit always the point. As in all his books, the student was able to grasp the situation of the text in exam and to learn under his guidance to pass from the Biblical Hebrew, to Mishnaic Hebrew to Qumran Hebrew. A lot of memories and facts still come back from the past, but that’s enough. Requiescat in pace

Francesco Bianchi

Thank you, Francesco, for sharing. He was truly a remarkable scholar. He will be sorely missed.

One thought on “The Memorial Service for Jan Alberto Soggin

  1. David Silber 30 Oct 2010 at 11:45 am

    Just a note ot thank Dr. West for posting Prof. Bianchii’s comment about Alberto Soggin. Prof. Soggin and I (and some others) lived in Jerusalem, in the same building, in Spring, 1995, while we visiting academics. He and his wife were such unassuming and delightful people while I–totally ignorant of biblical scholarship–knew nothing of his world-wide reputation. Though it has been over 15 years since seeing them, I can picture him yet, and feel melancholy at his passing. David Silber


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