Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Prof. Bilhah Nitzan, 1933-2022

SAD NEWS: Reports have been coming in since yesterday evening of the sad news that Prof. Bilhah Nitzan has passed away. The H-JUDAIC notice from this morning is as follows:
Passing of Prof. Bilhah Nitzan

H-Judaic is greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Bilhah Nitzan (1933-2022), Associate Professor emeritus in the Bible Department of Tel Aviv University. Born in pre-state Palestine, Prof. Nitzan was a high school teacher until she became a lecturer at Tel Aviv University at the age of fifty. She received her doctorate seven years later and remained on the faculty there long past retirement, leaving only in 2010. Her well-regarded books, two of which were expansions of her MA and Ph.D., were an edition of Pesher Habakkuk from the original Dead Sea Scrolls, and an influential volume entitled Qumran Prayer and Religious Poetry, which appeared in several languages. A volume of her collected articles appeared from Yad Ben Zvi in 2014. For additional information, see the article on Bilhah Nitzan in Hebrew Wikipedia,

We extend deepest condolences to her family, colleagues and legions of students.

Jonathan D. Sarna

Chair, H-Judaic

Her English curriculm vita is also available on the Tel Aviv University website.

Prof. Nitzan's book, Qumran Prayer and Religious Poetry (Brill, 1994), and many of her other publications on the Qumran liturgical texts were highly influential on my own research.

May her memory be for a blessing.

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