George E. Mendenhall

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George Emery Mendenhall (born August 13, 1916) is an author and Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan’s Department of Near Eastern Studies.


Mendenhall graduated from Midland College in Nebraska in 1936, and from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 1938. Mendenhall was first an ordained Lutheran minister, and during World War II he served as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy. After the war, Mendenhall obtained a Ph.D. in Semitic languages from Johns Hopkins University and began a long career in Near Eastern and biblical studies as well as related archeology, including a professorship at the University of Michigan from 1952 to 1986.[1] The Tenth Generation was popular with some New Left scholars in the mid seventies because it held that the Ancient Israelite settlement of Israel was actually the result of a cultural egalitarian revolution within Canaanite society. The University of Michigan honored Mendenhall by creating the George E. Mendenhall Professor Emeritus of Ancient and Biblical Studies.

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • Law and Covenant in Israel and the Ancient Near East Pittsburgh: The Biblical Colloquium, 1955.
  • The Tenth Generation: The Origins of the Biblical Tradition Johns Hopkins, 1973.
  • Ancient Israel’s Faith and History: An Introduction the Bible in Context (Edited by Gary A. Herion) Westminster/John Knox Press, 2001.
  • Our Misunderstood Bible BookSurge Publishing, 2006

See also[edit]

  • The Quest for the Kingdom of God: Studies in Honor of George E. Mendenhall Eisenbrauns, 1983. [1][dead link]


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