Sad News: D.R. ap-Thomas Has Died

From the SOTS Secretary-

D R ap-Thomas, a former President of SOTS (1974) and its oldest surviving member, died on May 19th; his funeral took place today (May 27) – the day before he would have celebrated his 99th birthday.

There’s an obituary here.

Dafydd Rhys ap-Thomas was born 27 May 1912, the son of the Revd and Mrs. W. Keinion Thomas. Aged 20, he was proposed by Seion Beaumaris and accepted by the Anglesey Association as a lay-preacher. This was in 1932, the year his father died. He graduated in Hebrew in Bangor in 1934 before going to Mansfield College, Oxford to study for a higher degree.

Studying in Berlin

As Semitic studies was his field of interest, he went to study at the University of Berlin in 1937. Germany was not an easy place at that time and he returned to lecture in Hebrew at the University College of North Wales in 1938. He remained at the College until retiring in 1976, being highly regarded by fellow staff members and students alike.

Dafydd ap-Thomas was Secretary of the Society for Old Testament Study (1961-72) and President in 1973-4. He published a plethora of scholarly writings and was responsible for significant volumes being translated into English, such as the Norwegian Sigmund Mowinckel’s The Psalms in Israel’s Worship 2 volumes 1962. He chaired the Old Testament Panel of the The New Welsh Bible 1988.

This is sad news indeed. He was a fantastic scholar.