I have been informed that, sadly, Jim Aitken died this morning (April 7th). He was a much admired and respected member of SOTS, and will be sadly missed. The following notice provides contact information for those who would wish to express their condolences directly.
“It is with immense sorrow that we write to inform you that Professor Jim Aitken died peacefully in the early hours of this morning, with his family by his side. A beloved colleague, scholar, teacher, supervisor, and friend, Jim was held in high esteem and affection by all who knew him. As Professor of Hebrew and Early Jewish Studies, he commanded an international reputation, while here in Cambridge he provided distinguished leadership as Faculty Chair (2019-22), particularly during the pandemic. As we mourn his untimely passing, we extend our condolences to the members of his family and to his fiancée, Diana. We will be in touch again as further details become available.
Alastair G Hunter