Frank Moore Cross: An Appreciation

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By: Jonathan Rosenbaum

Frank Moore Cross, a giant in the field of biblical studies and the ancient Near East, passed away at the age of 91 on October 17,2012. In a field rich with polymaths, Professor Cross stood at the pinnacle for his seminal scholarship, pedagogic devotion, professional leadership, personal warmth and humor, and intellectual accessibility. His ongoing influence on the scholarship of Israelite history, the Dead Sea Scrolls, literary forms, text criticism, Northwest Semitic paleography, orthography, and epigraphy, and typographical methodology attest to the brilliance of his analyses. (more…)

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6 Comments for : Frank Moore Cross: An Appreciation
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    • Sidnie White Crawfor
    • October 22, 2012

    Thank you, Jonathan. This is lovely.

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    • Richard Nysse
    • October 29, 2012

    Thank you, Jonathan. Your paragraphs about how Professor Cross treated his students capture my experience beautifully and completely. He graced our lives personally and professionally.

    • Stanford Lewis
    • November 18, 2012

    Although it ought not to matter, but it does in America, I am African- American and I too am a southern. Dr. Cross treated me as if my opinion mattered as I dared to bring race into the discussion of Old Testament he never blinked. When I began claiming that the Old Testament is filled with people of color. He smiled and said, “Miriam the sister of Moses was struck with leprosy for her sinfulness. That is, her skin was turned white as snow.” He smiled, again and said, “ her curse was satisfactory.” He never tried to make me feel unwelcomed or stupid. Dr. Cross took time to walk and talk with me as a first year Master’s of Theological Studies student. Often it is the little things that people do that suggest who they are. I am grateful to have gotten and opportunity to study with such a giant in the field of Biblical Archeology.

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