[b-hebrew] Off-Topic: Where should I pursue a Ph.D.?

C L sigebryht at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 13 10:30:52 EDT 2013


Thank you all for your advice on Ph.D. programs in Hebrew (esp. Paleography). I will look into the options mentioned here, particularly with McCarter, since his name keeps coming up in the responses I have received.

Sincerely,

Christopher Lovelace




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>   1. Re: Off-Topic: Where should I pursue a Ph.D.? (K Randolph)
>   2. Re: Off-Topic: Where should I pursue a Ph.D.? (Yigal Levin)
>   3. Re: Off-Topic: Where should I pursue a Ph.D.? (C L) (Peter Bekins)
>   4. Re: Off-Topic: Where should I pursue a Ph.D.?
>      (Rev. Bryant J. Williams III)
>   5. Re: Off-Topic: Where should I pursue a Ph.D.?
>      (Rev. Bryant J. Williams III)
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>I suspect the answers may be of interest to more than just Christopher Lovelace, so is there any reason the answers not be made public?
>
>
>Karl W. Randolph.
>
>
>On Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 8:33 AM, C L <sigebryht at yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>Dear Colleagues,
>>
>>I need advice on where to consider pursuing a Ph.D. in Hebrew/Old Testament or a related field. 
>>
>>I'm especially interested in paleography, but would not be opposed to doing some work in Ugaritic, Akkadian, or a similar field in Assyriology.
>>
>>I hold an M.Div., and am planning on graduating from my Th.M. program (with a focus in Hebrew/Old Testament) this year.
>>
>>It may also be helpful to note that I am a U.S. citizen, but I also have permanent residence in Argentina. Therefore, it would probably be easiest for me to study in the U.S., though I am not opposed to studying outside the U.S. if funding is available.
>>
>>Funding is a
 big issue. We don't have funds to pay for a degree out-of-pocket, so I would need to look at schools or programs that offer stipends, scholarships, etc.
>>
>>The moderators may be interested in allowing this thread, since it may be interesting to the participants. Nevertheless, please feel free to send me a private message if you have any feedback or advice on this topic.
>>
>>
>>Sincerely,
>>
>>
>>Christopher Lovelace
>>
>>
>>
>
>I think that we can allow a few answers, as long as it does not get out of hand.
> 
>Yigal Levin
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>Co-moderator, B-Hebrew
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>From:b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of K Randolph
>Sent: Monday, March 04, 2013 8:31 PM
>To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
>Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Off-Topic: Where should I pursue a Ph.D.?
> 
>I suspect the answers may be of interest to more than just Christopher Lovelace, so is there any reason the answers not be made public?
> 
>Karl W. Randolph.
> 
>On Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 8:33 AM, C L <sigebryht at yahoo.com> wrote:
>Dear Colleagues,
>
>I need advice on where to consider pursuing a Ph.D. in Hebrew/Old Testament or a related field. 
>
>I'm especially interested in paleography, but would not be opposed to doing some work in Ugaritic, Akkadian, or a similar field in Assyriology.
>
>I hold an M.Div., and am planning on graduating from my Th.M. program (with a focus in Hebrew/Old Testament) this year.
>
>It may also be helpful to note that I am a U.S. citizen, but I also have permanent residence in Argentina. Therefore, it would probably be easiest for me to study in the U.S., though I am not opposed to studying outside the U.S. if funding is available.
>
>Funding is a big issue. We don't have funds to pay for a degree out-of-pocket, so I would need to look at schools or programs that offer stipends, scholarships, etc.
>
>The moderators may be interested in allowing this thread, since it may be interesting to the participants. Nevertheless, please feel free to send me a private message if you have any feedback or advice on this topic.
> 
>Sincerely,
> 
>Christopher Lovelace
> 
> Charles Halton has a list of programs with an ANE emphasis on the sidebar of his blog (www.awilum.com). The top-tier programs will typically provide the kind of stipend that will cover your tuition + some living expense. This will usually cover the dissertation phase as well which is an important aspect to consider. The downside is that they only accept a couple students each year.
>
>If you truly are interested in paleography, I would begin with McCarter at Hopkins. The other top-tier programs would be Berkeley, NYU, Toronto, UCLA, Texas, and Yale. Note that Harvard is not listed because the main Hebrew Bible/Semitics profs are now at Texas. 
>
>I will receive the PhD in Bible and ANE with emphasis in Semitics this June from Hebrew Union College. HUC does offer a stipend to cover tuition plus some living expenses, but it does not cover the dissertation years and due to retirement, we do not currently have a strong emphasis on Semitics. If you have specific questions feel free to contact me off-list.
>
>Peter Bekins
>Cincinnati, OH
>
> 
>Dear Chris,
> 
>I would probably recommend the 
following:
> 
>UCLA (University of California at 
Los Angeles), Westwood, CA in West Los Angeles, CA area. My two Hebrew 
professors, Dr. Richard D. Patterson and the late Dr. Hermann Austel, received 
their doctorates there.
> 
>Regent, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. 
Dr. Martin Abegg, a classmate of mine at Northwest Baptist Seminary, translator 
of the Dead Sea Scrolls, there are other professors there who also have worked 
with the Dead Sea Scrolls.
> 
>Brandeis or Harvard, Boston, MA, My 
OT professor at LABC (now The Master's College, Newhall, CA), Dr. Stephen Brown 
(current Academic Dean at Shasta Bible College & Graduate School, Redding, 
CA).
> 
>Oriental Institure, University of 
Chicago, Chicago, IL.
> 
>Rev. Bryant J. Williams 
III
> 
>Dear Chris,
> 
>There are others that I just 
remembered have some very good programs.
> 
>UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 
CA
> 
>University of Toronto, Toronto, CA 
(especially in the LXX with Albert Pietersma)
> 
>Yale
> 
>Rev. Bryant J. Williams 
III
> 
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