Tag Archives: Sheffield

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.

Hugh Pyper’s Sheffield Lecture

If you’re in Sheffield, or anywhere in Yorkshire, you should drop in on 12 December 2012 to hear Professor Hugh Pyper lecture on a topic titled, ‘From Sheffield to the World and Back: Learning from Postcolonial Readers’ at Jessop West Exhibition Space, 6.30pm.

Hugh Pyper is The Department’s Professor of Biblical Interpretation. He came to Sheffield in 2004 and his current research interests include the contemporary cultural influence of the Bible; the interaction of biblical and literary studies, and Postcolonial studies. Hugh has published books and articles on a particularly diverse variety of topics in relation to biblical studies including professional wrestling, children’s bibles and Kierkegaard.

Professor Hugh Pyper – Staff Profile

The Celebration of the 65th Anniversary of the Biblical Studies Department at Sheffield Continues

29th October 2012 – Emeritus Professor J. Cheryl Exum, ‘A Role for the Arts in Biblical Studies’, Jessop West Exhibition Space, 2pm-4pm- This lecture is open to all, attendance is free and there is no need to book.

And then

7 November 2012 – Dr Mark Finney, ‘Resurrecting Jesus: Pauline Thought in Sheffield and Beyond’, Humanities Research Institute, 6.30pm.

You can download all the cool upcoming lectures here. The Department’s 65th Anniversary page is here. And of course the main page of the Department is here.

And here are some photos of Sheffield (just because I love it there as I do) –

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(yes, the photo of the white building with the two blue doors is the Department home and Philip Davies requested to be able to use my snapshot for the Department page- which I was more than thrilled to grant).

A Brief Report From The 65th Anniversary of the Sheffield University Department of Biblical Studies Celebration

From Viv Rowett-

Yesterday I attended the opening of Sheffield’s 65th celebrations, which began with the lecture by Professor Emeritus John Rogerson, formerly head of department [“JWR”], on changes in biblical studies which grew out of innovative work by members of the department; a lecture that I knew would be of much wider interest than just as a celebration of Sheffield’s unique and distinguished contribution, interesting though this is in itself. The history of the department is also closely bound up with the production and publication of much that emanates out of SOTS, and so there is a special relationship to celebrate too.

This enjoyable event began with JWR citing the advice given to a student in 1939 who had expressed an interest in studying the OT: ‘Learn Hittite’. Many of you will know that such advice would not have seemed odd at the time, as it was widely felt that most of the important issues about the OT text had been settled, and that it was necessary to move on to wider pastures in order to find something related to the OT to get one’s teeth into.

Here’s the photo Viv took of the esteemed Prof. Rogerson.

The 65th Anniversary of the Biblical Studies Department at Sheffield

Also from Viv Rowett of SOTS

For anyone able to be in the north of England this week, a reminder that the Sheffield Biblical Studies dept 65th celebrations begin with a lecture by Emeritus Professor John Rogerson on Wedneday 25th April. See: http://www.shef.ac.uk/biblicalstudies/news/65years.

As an honorary Sheffieldian/Copenhagener, I wish I could attend. I can’t, so you should and you should blog it (or write up a guest post which I’ll happily host).

Two Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Sheffield

If you’re looking for an opportunity to do a PostDoc- you will want to consider Sheffield.

The two post-doctoral fellows will work to develop their research beyond their doctoral studies, generating new publications and establishing the next stage of their career as researchers. Outreach and public engagement work will be encouraged, and, in line with the ethos of the Faculty, the fellows will also be encouraged to engage and work with new audiences, particularly in the local region. This is an opportunity both for the fellows to make significant career strides in a research-intensive environment and for the faculty to benefit from the vision, dynamism and enthusiasm the fellows will bring to the role.

Go to the link above for much more.

Congratulations to the University of Sheffield!

It has  just been named University of the Year in the 2011 Times Higher Education Awards!

What excellent news and well, well deserved recognition for one of the world’s most outstanding schools.

If you’re looking for a top school and especially a school with the world’s best Biblical Studies Department, look no further.

[And it isn’t even ‘accredited’ by some silly American corporate interest!]

More on Widening the Definition of NT Studies (via Sheffield Biblical Studies)

James addresses the issue again. Nice job it is too.

I want, in part, to respond to Larry Hurtado’s latest discussion of the whole language debate, partly because he interacts with my earlier post and partly to develop ideas about what the discipline might look like (not necessarily in disagreement or agreement with Larry). I was going to respond on Larry’s blog but I got carried away. I’m not sure people would appreciate an epic response in the comments section. Before I start, I should re-emphasi … Read More

via Sheffield Biblical Studies

If Your Name is Craig, You’re Obviously a Conservative

The reasoning in the essay below is – well- faultless…

The following has been written a visiting research/PhD student who has been signed on loan until the end of the season. The views below do not necessarily reflect the views of biblical scholars based in Sheffield. A casual perusal over the names on the Society of Biblical Literature member directory reveals the most interesting results. Did you know that at least 26 biblical scholars are named “Craig”?  The name has Scottish origins and draws fro … Read More

via Sheffield Biblical Studies

Distance Learning MA in Biblical Studies and a new MA at Sheffield (via Sheffield Biblical Studies)

The Coat of Arms of the City of Sheffield.


This is a fantastic bit of news and a really fantastic opportunity for students. Brilliant!

Here are two new MA/postgraduate developments at Sheffield starting September/October 2011. Distance Learning MA in Biblical Studies The programmes are taken through part-time study via the internet, giving access to online resources, discussions and some video lectures. You will be part of an online community of students, engaging with both the biblical and contemporary worlds, and exploring where the two differ, intersect, and how the modern wo … Read More

via Sheffield Biblical Studies

Celebrating Lester Grabbe’s 65th Birthday in Sheffield

Lester Grabbe celebrated his 65th birthday on Saturday, Nov 6th (though his actual date of birth is November 5th) with friends in Sheffield and was given a copy of the Festschrift (and you can see the contents here) assembled in his honor.  Below are some photos of the happy evening!  Happy birthday indeed to Professor Grabbe and congratulations on the Festschrift!

With thanks to Philip Davies for sharing the photos with me so I could share them, and the news of the happy event, with you.

Britain is About to Suffer- A Lot

The Coat of Arms of the City of Sheffield.

SHEFFIELD, England – Sheffield knows all about cuts — and no one knows better than Philip Wright. A scissors manufacturer, he remembers this city at the height of its steel-making glory, when Sheffield’s furnaces and factories produced ships and tools and cutlery for the dinner tables of the world. The huge steelworks are mostly gone now, like so much British industry over the past few decades, the victim of international competition, changing technology and governments with other priorities. “The city at night used to be alight,” said Wright, whose tiny factory is a link to Sheffield’s past — and, he hopes, a part of its future. That dream is under threat from deep government spending cuts to be unveiled Wednesday that many fear will once again crush cities in England’s traditional industrial belt, a generation after they were laid low by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s severe brand of capitalism. Sheffield lost 70,000 jobs between 1979 and 1987, according to the local government — a quarter of the city’s total. The decline in steel-making was compounded by the closure of nearby coal mines in the wake of Thatcher’s war with the unions.

Read the whole piece. And brace for what’s coming if you’re British.

Barry Matlock of the University of Sheffield Exposed

Logo of the University of Sheffield

I have to admit that I didn’t know who Barry Matlock was until Bishop Wrong was kind enough to provide the information.

Barry evidently teaches at the U. of Sheffield and is interested in things linguistic and New Testamenty.

What his Sheffield page doesn’t indicate, though, is that besides being a fan of country music (why?) while he’s

RBM by day, he’s also

by night.

I’m grateful to the good Bishop for exposing another Sheffieldian.  Crossley is a wrestler, and Whitelam is a footballer, and Davies is… well, himself.  Sheffield seems populated by quite a crew!