Congratulations to David J.A. Clines on Winning the Burkitt Medal

clinesBurkitt Medal for Biblical Studies

The founder of this award, Professor Francis Burkitt, had bronze medals struck in 1923 for presentation by the Academy to scholars in recognition of special services to Biblical studies.  After his death in 1935 the medals were given the name Burkitt Medals and alternately rewards work in New Testament Studies and Hebrew Bible Studies (as in this year).

The 2015 winner is:

  • Professor David J. A. Clines (University of Sheffield) for his significant contribution to the study of the Hebrew Bible and Hebrew lexicography.

Via. And again, congratulations, David!

David J.A. Clines- The Decalogue as the Prohibition of Theft

ClinesDavidDavid has a new essay you’ll want to read.

My thesis is a simple one: it is that all the Ten Commandments are, in one way or another, commandments against theft. The apparently wide-­‐ranging set of ethical principles we find in the Decalogue can be shown to have an inner coherence when it is recognized that they are all dealing with a single ethical issue: the wrongful appropriation of the property of another person.

The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew

the-dictionary-of-classical-hebrewLogos has just announced that it will be publishing The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew.  Fantastic news, really.

The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew is a completely new and innovative dictionary. Unlike previous dictionaries, which have been dictionaries of biblical Hebrew, it is the first dictionary of the classical Hebrew language to cover not only the biblical texts but also Ben Sira, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Hebrew inscriptions.

This dictionary covers the period from the earliest times to 200 CE. It lists and analyses every occurrence of each Hebrew word that occurs in texts of that period, with an English translation of every Hebrew word and phrase cited.

More thorough than HALOT and more up to date, linguistically sound, and ultimately more accurate than BDB, this dictionary is state of the art.  Expertly edited by David J.A. Clines (one of the most interesting people you will ever meet), this resource is superb.  Just simply superb.  And I’m not alone in that assessment-

If there is anything sensational about the contemporary study of ancient Hebrew, then one must say: It is in book form, and the book is called the Sheffield Dictionary of Classical Hebrew. Absolutely indispensable!  —Bernhard Lang, editor, Internationale Zeitschrift für Bibelwissenschaft und Grenzgebiete

Hearing of it’s impeding appearance has made my week.