Paul D. Hanson, Lamont Professor of Divinity and Professor of Old Testament at Harvard University, has been named to the Editorial Advisory Board of Bible Review. Hanson’s new service augments his already long list of professional positions and memberships, which includes the Old Testament Editorial Board of Hermeneia (the critical-historical Bible commentary published by Fortress Press) and the Committee for the Revised Standard Version Bible. Professor Hanson was also the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a computer-assisted study of “Structures in Biblical Hebrew.”
The author of many scholarly papers, Professor Hanson contributed the article “War, Peace and justice in Early Israel” to the Fall 1987 BR. His fifth book, The People Called: The Growth of Community in the Bible, appeared in 1986 and was reviewed in Bible Books, BR 03:04.
SBL to publish new translations of ancient documents
New translations of documents from the ancient Near East should begin appearing in book form in 1991, according to the Plan of the Society of Biblical literature. In support of the $107,000 project, the National Endowment for the Humanities recently awarded a $79,150 grant to SBL. The grant will help fund the first four volumes of the new series, which has the general title “Writings from the Ancient World.”
The four inaugural volumes and their translators will be: Letters from Ancient Egypt (Edward Wente of the University of Chicago), Correspondence from Ugarit (John Huenergaard of Harvard University and Dennis Pardee of the University of Chicago), Sumerian Letters (Piotr Michalowski of the University of Michigan) and Canaanite and Aramaic Letters (James Lindenberger of the Vancouver School of Theology).
Burke O. Long, professor of religion at Bowdoin College and currently visiting professor of Old Testament at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, will direct the project. He will also chair the international committee of scholars who constitute the editorial board for the series. Long says the project hopes “to bridge the gap between technical scholarship and the needs of a wider reading public.” The purpose of the series is to serve not only the needs of Biblical scholars, but “to provide translations that anyone can use with profit.”
Don’t use the map found in the April Bible Lands, BR 04:02, to find your way to Dor and Tel Qasileh. Dor should be where Atlit is marked. Atlit should be up the coast closer to Mt. Carmel. Tel Qasileh should be where Arsuf is located. Arsuf should be farther north and west of Shechem. But the author assures us that, despite our carelessness with the map (fortunately, a rare occurrence at BR), his article is without errors (happily, a frequent occurrence)—Ed.
New Bible Review board new member named
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