Daily Archives: February 19, 2011

Prof. Anson F. Rainey — 1930-2011

Word comes today of the passing of Prof. Anson F. Rainey. He was Emeritus Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Cultures and Semitic Linguistics, Tel Aviv University. He taught in some of the most prestigious programs both in Israel and the United States.

One might disagree with his conclusions, but you never went away wondering about his position.

A list of his publications and teaching positions may be found at the website of the Department of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University here.

I am delighted to have an autographed copy of The Sacred Bridge. In the general category of Bible Atlases it stands in a field by itself as the most thorough and comprehensive. Todd Bolen said the book is “probably the most important work of historical geography ever written” while admitting that it is over the head of most students, and sometimes his own. See here and here.

Anson Rainey, Ferrell Jenkins, and Stephen Notley at SBL, 2006.

Anson Rainey, Ferrell Jenkins, and Stephen Notley at SBL, 2006.

HT: Joseph I. Lauer