Monday, November 07, 2016

Sad news: Peter Flint

I AM VERY SORRY TO RELAY THE SAD NEWS that Professor Peter Flint, a well-known Dead Sea Scrolls scholar at Trinity Western University, died on 3 November. The news comes from his colleague Andrew Perrin, posted on the IOQS Facebook page. Peter's wife, Amanda, has asked that, in lieu of further flowers, contributions be made to Trinity Western's Dead Sea Scrolls Legacy Scholarship. Peter's personal website is here and his Wikipedia entry is here.

I have known Peter for a very long time, although I hadn't seen him much in recent years. He has been mentioned often at PaleoJudaica, most recently here. Peter was an endless font of energy and enthusiasm. It's hard to believe that he is gone. Requiescat in pace.

UPDATE: Molly Zahn has sent the following to the IOQS e-mail list:
Many of you will have heard the sad news of the sudden death of our dear colleague Peter Flint. Our hearts go out to Peter’s family, colleagues, and students. All of us in the community of Qumran scholarship will feel his loss keenly.

Rus Fuller has asked me to pass on information about a memorial session for Peter at the upcoming SBL meeting in San Antonio. It will be held at the end of the Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible session on Monday November 21. The session will be held in room 214B of the convention center and will start at approximately 5:45 pm. Please join us if you can.
I hope to see some of you there.