David B. Weisberg, obituary

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David B. Weisberg, z”l.

It is with profound sadness that we mark the passing of our friend and colleague, Dr. David B. Weisberg, Professor of Bible and Semitic Languages at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Dr. Weisberg served HUC-JIR for forty-five years.

Beyond the HUC-JIR community, Dr. Weisberg was known for his important contributions to Assyriology, especially his publications of primary resources from the Neo-Babylonian period: Texts From the Time of Nebuchadnezzar (Yale Oriental Series; New Haven: Yale University Press, 1980), The Late Babylonian Texts of the Oriental Institute Collection (Bibliotheca Mesopotamica; Malibu: Undena Publications, 1991), and Neo-Babylonian Texts in the Oriental Institute Collection (Oriental Institute Publications; Chicago, Ill.: Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 2003). (more…)

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5 Comments for : David B. Weisberg, obituary
    • Joel Allen
    • April 12, 2012

    I had Dr. Weisberg for only one course at HUC in Spring 2000 I believe. What I remember most is that Dr. Weisberg was genuinely enthusiastic about contributions we would make to class discussion. He would often take out his pen and take notes on what his students said.

    Pirke Avot famously says that the timid cannot learn and the impatient cannot teach. Dr. Weisbergs patience made of him the best of teachers and good students of us since his kind regard for our knowledge made lions out of the most timid among us!

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    • Barbara Sniderman Gi
    • May 22, 2012

    Dr. Weisberg asked me to be his research assistant at HUC while he was in the finishing stages of work on his book for the Yale Oriental Series. I was nervous about being able to proofread his work without having had any background in the area. Due to David's teaching me with extraordinary patience, encouragement, kindness, gentleness, and confidence in my abilities, I quickly grasped an understanding of the subject matter, as well as a feeling for the language and text. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him, learning from him with every conversation. Though I was helping him, I was the one who really benefited from our association.

    • Lea
    • March 7, 2013

    David was a very dear man who'll never be forgotten, alot of people admired him and his memory will always remain with my family forever!!!!!

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