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FW: correction to N. Y. Times obit for Geza Vermes

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  • Stephen Goranson
    The N.Y. Times published on May 16 an obituary for Geza Vermes. He was indeed an influential scholar who made many important contributions. One I especially
    Message 1 of 2 , May 22, 2013
      The N.Y. Times published on May 16 an obituary for Geza Vermes. He was indeed an influential scholar who made many important contributions. One I especially appreciate is his revision (with Fergus Millar et al.) of Emil Sch�rer's The history of the Jewish people in the age of Jesus Christ.
      But that obit also included the following: "He received his doctorate in theology from the Catholic University in Louvain in 1953; his dissertation was the first written about the scrolls." That is false.
      Samuel Iwry's Ph.D. dissertation, "The Damascus Document and the Dead Sea Scrolls," advised by Wm. F. Albright at Johns Hopkins, was completed in 1951.
      Vermes wrote (in The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls [1997]) that the proposal that the Teacher of Righteousness lived in the time of Jonathan or Simon "was first formulated in my 1952 doctoral dissertation, published in 1953 and was soon adopted with variations in detail by such leading specialists as J. T. Milik, F. M. Cross and R. de Vaux." That is the case, though in my view, the proposal placed the teacher about five decades too early, as explained here:
      http://people.duke.edu/~goranson/jannaeus.pdf
      In any case, I emailed the correction (with documents of evidence) on Friday May 15. I have heard back, but, as of now, five days later, no correction has been posted.

      Stephen Goranson
      www.duke.edu/~goranson






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    • Lisbeth Fried
      Dear Steve, The correction was posted the very next day on the correction page (p. 2) I believe, in the section on corrections to obituaries. Liz Fried Ann
      Message 2 of 2 , May 24, 2013
        Dear Steve,

        The correction was posted the very next day on the correction page (p. 2) I
        believe, in the section on corrections to obituaries.

        Liz Fried
        Ann Arbor

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        The N.Y. Times published on May 16 an obituary for Geza Vermes. He was
        indeed an influential scholar who made many important contributions. One I
        especially appreciate is his revision (with Fergus Millar et al.) of Emil
        Schürer's The history of the Jewish people in the age of Jesus Christ.
        But that obit also included the following: "He received his doctorate in
        theology from the Catholic University in Louvain in 1953; his dissertation
        was the first written about the scrolls." That is false.
        Samuel Iwry's Ph.D. dissertation, "The Damascus Document and the Dead Sea
        Scrolls," advised by Wm. F. Albright at Johns Hopkins, was completed in
        1951.
        Vermes wrote (in The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls [1997]) that the proposal
        that the Teacher of Righteousness lived in the time of Jonathan or Simon
        "was first formulated in my 1952 doctoral dissertation, published in 1953
        and was soon adopted with variations in detail by such leading specialists
        as J. T. Milik, F. M. Cross and R. de Vaux." That is the case, though in my
        view, the proposal placed the teacher about five decades too early, as
        explained here:
        http://people.duke.edu/~goranson/jannaeus.pdf
        In any case, I emailed the correction (with documents of evidence) on Friday
        May 15. I have heard back, but, as of now, five days later, no correction
        has been posted.

        Stephen Goranson
        www.duke.edu/~goranson






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