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RE: [ANE-2] FW: correction to N. Y. Times obit for Geza Vermes

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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 1 of 2 , May 24, 2013
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      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

      -----Original Message-----
      From: ANE-2@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ANE-2@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
      Stephen Goranson
      Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 9:31 AM
      To: ANE-2@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [ANE-2] FW: correction to N. Y. Times obit for Geza Vermes



      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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