RE: [ANE-2] FW: correction to N. Y. Times obit for Geza Vermes
- 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.
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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
Vermes wrote (in The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls ) 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
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.
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