sad news, the death of d.j. wiseman
- Yes, Donald Wiswman was a gentleman and a scholar.
In my little "sub-department" of Religious Studies, here at Massey
University in New Zealand, we could not afford to pay for visiting
professors, but somehow in the 1970s he turned up to give a lecture on
covenants and treaties, in which he mentioned his friend Agatha
Christie, of course, and noted that Dr Colless was doing some work on
the social roles attributed to YHWH (starting from the covenant
documents as pertaining to the RULER role, and The torah as the ones
connected with the MOREH, theDivine EDUCATOR). I had a whole afternoon
to share mutual pursuits, a real thrill for me in my isolation.
Much later, I took up his idea that in Daniel 6:28 the 'and' in "the
reign of Darius [the Mede] and the reign of Cyrus the Persian" should
be translated 'even' ('that is'), indicating that the author gave
Cyrus a double identity, and I argue that the reason was so that the
prediction could be fulfilled that Babylon would be taken by the
Medes, and I conctructed a table of the beasts and empires, arguing
that it did have a separate Median empire. That was published in
JSOT , which was founded by my friend David Clines (we were at
Sydney University together, and we taught each other Syriac) but
Philip Davies vetted the article, and he seemed to be even more
conservative than me (and I had come out of the Australian Evangelical
band of scholars, inspired by D.J. Wiseman and F.F. Bruce [who also
gave me encouragement, by publishing my first article on the legacy of
Syriac Christianity] , though I don't fit in that mould now).
I wonder if he heard of the Qeiyafa ostracon (he being a 'Biblical
archaeologist'; I have his book of 'illustrations' on that subject).
Somewhere along the way, I heard someone say, that when a cuneiform
tablet is found he just reads it straight off!. Well, West Semitic
logo-syllabic inscriptions take me months and years to interpret (but
I have just thought of another possible line to take with the Qeiyafa
text, which he might have liked, and I will share it sometime soon).
Honorary Research Associate.
Massey U, NZ
On 5/02/2010, at 8:58 AM, Jim West wrote:
> Jim West, ThD
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