Norman Snaith

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Norman Henry Snaith (1898-1982) was a British Old Testament scholar. He was Old Testament Professor at Wesley College, Leeds.


Snaith was the son of a Primitive Methodist minister. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, reading mathematics before studying Semitic languages under George Buchanan Gray at Mansfield College. He became a Primitive Methodist minister, taking up pastoral work until appointed Professor at Wesley College in 1936. He became Principal of Wesley College in 1954, and retired in 1961.[1]


  • Studies in the Psalter, 1934
  • The distinctive ideas of the Old Testament, 1944
  • The Jewish New Year festival, 1948
  • The Jews from Cyrus to Herod, 1949
  • Mercy and sacrifice; a study of the book of Hosea, 1953
  • (ed.) Hebrew Old Testament, 1958
  • (ed.) Leviticus and Numbers, 1967
  • The Book of Job; its origin and purpose, 1968
  • 'Prolegomenon', in Christian D. Ginsburg (ed. and tr.) Introduction to the Rabbinic Bible by Jacob ben Hayyim ibn Adonijah


  1. ^ G. W. Anderson, 'Norman Henry Snaith, 1898-1982', Journal of Semitic Studies 28:2 (Autumn 1983), pp.355ff.