I was greatly saddened to learn of the death of Professor John W. Rogerson, who died Tuesday morning, September 4, of a heart attack in Sheffield, UK. Professor Rogerson was one of the great Old Testament scholars of his generation, as well as being an exceptional individual, loyal and devout churchman, excellent supervisor, and superb academic administrator.
John Rogerson was born in 1935 in London, was in the British armed forces where he worked in intelligence (he learned Russian during the Cold War), earned degrees from the Universities of Manchester (undergraduate and D.D.) and Oxford, and then studied in Israel with Chaim Rabin, studying both linguistics and social-scientific approaches to the Bible. He also became an Anglican priest and later canon of the Sheffield Cathedral.
John became a lecturer in Old Testament at the University of Durham in 1964 and then Professor of Old Testament and Head of Department at…
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