Alan Millard

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Alan Ralph Millard FSA (born 1 December 1937) is Rankin Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Ancient Semitic languages, and Honorary Senior Fellow (Ancient Near East), at the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology (SACE) in the University of Liverpool.[1][2]

Millard worked on excavations at Tell Nebi Mend (ancient Qadesh-on-the-Orontes) and Tell Rif'at (ancient Arpad) in Syria, at Petra in Jordan, and at the Assyrian capital Nimrud (ancient Kalḫu) in Iraq. While working at the British Museum 1961–1964, he rediscovered the Epic of Atrahasis, which had lain unrecognised in a drawer for some decades. From 1964 to 1970 he was Librarian at Tyndale Library, Cambridge, and taught Akkadian for a year at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the University of London. In 1970 he was appointed Rankin Lecturer in Hebrew and Ancient Semitic Languages at Liverpool. He was a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1984, studying in a team led by Yigael Yadin. His main interest lies in Semitic epigraphy, and in editing Akkadian cuneiform tablets and Aramaic inscriptions. Scribal practices in the ancient Near East remain a dominant concern for him; the importance he ascribes to this topic stems largely from his belief as an Evangelical Christian in the essential historicity of the Bible – a point of view he shares with his colleague at Liverpool, the Egyptologist Kenneth Kitchen.

Millard is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a member of the Society for Old Testament Studies – and was also, until recently, Vice-Chairman of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq.


  • Atrahasis: The Babylonian Story of the Flood (with W.G. Lambert), Clarendon Press, Oxford (1969); reprinted Eisenbrauns, Winona Lake, Indiana, ISBN 1-57506-039-6 (1999)
  • Millard, Alan. R. (1970). "Covenant and Communion in First Corinthians" (PDF). In Gasque, W. Ward; Martin, Ralph P. (eds.). Apostolic history and the gospel: Biblical and historical essays presented to F. F. Bruce on his 60th birthday. Exeter: Paternoster. pp. 242–8. ISBN 0-85364-098-X. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2007.
  • Millard, Alan. R. (January 1977). "Approaching the Old Testament". Themelios. 2 (2): 34–9.
  • Daniel 1–6 and History Archived 2 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine (1977)
  • Millard, Alan. R. (1980). "Methods of Studying the Patriarchal Narratives as Ancient Texts". In Millard, Alan R.; Wiseman, D. J. (eds.). Essays on the Patriarchal Narratives. Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press. pp. 43–58. ISBN 0-85111-743-0.
  • La Statue de Tell Fekherye et son inscription bilingue assyro-araméenne (with A. Abou-Assaf and P. Bordreuil), Association pour la diffusion de la pensée française, Paris (1982)
  • Millard, Alan. R. (1982). "In Praise of Ancient Scribes". Biblical Archaeologist. 45 (3): 145–53. doi:10.2307/3209809. JSTOR 3209809. S2CID 14435209. Reprinted as: Millard, Alan. R. (1982). "In Praise of Ancient Scribes". Bible and Spade. 2: 33–46. Archived from the original on 13 February 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2007.
  • Discoveries from the Time of Jesus (1990)
  • Millard, Alan. R. (1991). "Texts and Archaeology: Weighing The Evidence". Palestine Exploration Quarterly: 19–27. doi:10.1179/peq.1991.123.1.19.
  • Millard, Alan. R. (1991). "Solomon: Text and Archaeology". Palestine Exploration Quarterly. 123 (2): 117–8. doi:10.1179/peq.1991.123.2.117.
  • The Eponyms of the Assyrian Empire, 910–612 BC, State Archives of Assyria Studies 2, The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project, University of Helsinki (1994)
  • The Knowledge of Writing in Iron Age Palestine (1995)
  • Discoveries from Bible Times, Lion Publishing, Oxford (1997)
  • Dictionary of the Ancient Near East (edited, with Piotr Bienkowski), British Museum Press, London (2000)
  • Reading and Writing in the Time of Jesus, Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield (2000)
  • Millard, Alan. R. (2000). "How Reliable Is Exodus?". Biblical Archaeology Review. 26 (4): 50–7. Archived from the original on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2007.
  • Millard, Alan. R. (2003). "Literacy in the time of Jesus: Could his words have been recorded in his lifetime?". Biblical Archaeology Review. 29 (4): 36–45. Archived from the original on 24 August 2007.

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  1. ^ "Persia and the Bible: The 5th Annual Biblical Archaeology Day Conference". Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology. University of Liverpool. Archived from the original on 1 December 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Alan Millard". Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology. University of Liverpool. Retrieved 30 November 2016.

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