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MARCH 9, 2019
The William F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem is pleased to announce the winner of the eighteenth annual competition for the Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize. This award offers $750 for the best published article or paper presented at a conference by a Ph.D. candidate in Syro-Palestinian or Biblical Archaeology. Authors may be of any nationality but the article or paper must be in English.
The winner this year is the paper by Assaf Kleiman, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University. His paper, “Comments on the Archaeology and History of Tell el-Far’ah North (Biblical Tirzah) in the Iron IIA,” was published in Semitica 60 (2018): 85–104.
The Sean W. Dever Prize was established in 2001 by the late Mrs. Norma Dever and Professor William G. Dever, in memory of their son Sean William.
December 26, 2018
Gerald “Gary” Knoppers, endowed professor in the Notre Dame Department of Theology, loving husband, father, and brother, and a man of deep faith, passed away early morning on Saturday, December 22, from pancreatic cancer. Born on November 14, 1956 in Edmonton, Alberta, Gary retained an interest in all things Canadian, even while studying and then teaching in the United States for more than 40 years. Born to Dutch immigrants, Gary inherited his father’s passion for biblical studies; he studied philosophy at Calvin College, took a master’s degree in divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and then received a master’s and doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. Gary was a highly respected and internationally known scholar of the Old Testament, who taught at Penn State University for 25 years before moving to Notre Dame in 2014. He was passionate about his research and enjoyed teaching and working with students, especially his doctoral students. Gary had an encyclopedic knowledge of classical music, history, current events, and sports. He loved spending time with family, friends, colleagues, and (in sequence) two special golden retrievers. He had a kind and gentle spirit that left a mark on all those who knew him.
Gary is survived by his wife and partner, Laura; his children, Theresa “Teres” and David; brothers and sisters, Jake (Jocelyne), Annelies, Bastian (Joan), Bartha (Daniel), and Nick (Joanne); sisters- and brothers-in-law, Marilee, Tim (Melinda), Naomi (Brad), Joel, Sara (Dan), and Marcia (Kevin); and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicolaas and Barthie Knoppers.
Visitation will take place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 27, at the Palmer Funeral Home, Hickey Chapel, 17131 Cleveland Road, South Bend. A Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 28, at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 53720 N Ironwood Road, South Bend. Bishop Edward S. Little II will celebrate and Mother Susan Haynes will assist. Private committal will follow at Algoma Cemetery in Rockford, Michigan.
Memorial donations may be made to the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem; the Notre Dame Department of Theology; or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mishawaka.
The W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (AIAR)
The W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research-AIAR-was founded in 1900, as the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem. Its current mission is to develop and disseminate scholarly knowledge of the literature, history, and culture of the Near East, as well as the study of civilization from pre-history to the early Islamic period.
Located in an historic 1920’s-period building, now a Jerusalem landmark, the Albright maintains residential and research facilities including a 35,000 volume library, publication offices, and archaeological workshops. Annually, 65 fellows from diverse national, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, and including Israeli and Palestinians participate in AIAR’s international fellowship program. It offers a unique opportunity for interaction and the exchange of information and ideas, and promotes intellectual integrity and respect in a friendly and convivial atmosphere. This environment is not duplicated in any other similar institution in the region.
The Institute provides support for North American archaeological excavations and surveys; it also promotes working relationships with other local and foreign institutions in Israel and fosters friendly interaction with the neighboring community.
The Albright Institute provides up to $325,000 in fellowships and special awards each year for senior, post-doctoral, doctoral, and independent scholars. These include the prestigious Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professorship, Ernest S. Frerichs Annual Professorship, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, Educational and Cultural Affairs Fellowships, Marcia and Oded Borowski Research Fellowship, Lydie T. Shufro Summer Research Fellowship, Noble Group Fellowships for Chinese Scholars, Glassman Holland Research Fellowship for European Scholars, George A. Barton Fellowship, Carol and Eric Meyers Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, and Associate Fellowships.
The Ernest S. Frerichs Program for Albright Fellows
For the past 35 years the Albright Institute has developed and expanded a unique international Fellowship program opened to scholars involved in Near Eastern studies, from prehistory to the early Islamic period. Currently 64 Fellows participate in this program annually. They come from diverse cultural, ethnic, religious and political backgrounds from all over the world, including Israel and the Palestinian Authority. All work together, exchanging information and ideas in a convivial and friendly atmosphere that promotes intellectual integrity and respect, and is not duplicated in any other institution in the region.