Logos 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.
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
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.
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) –
(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).
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.
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).
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.
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!]
James addresses the issue again. Nice job it is too.
via Sheffield Biblical Studies
The reasoning in the essay below is – well- faultless…
via Sheffield Biblical Studies
This is a fantastic bit of news and a really fantastic opportunity for students. Brilliant!
via Sheffield Biblical Studies
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.
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
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!