Claude Hermann Walter Johns

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Claude Hermann Walter Johns (20 February 1857 – 1920) was an Assyriologist and Church of England clergyman.


He was born at Banwell, Somerset. He was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge (B.A., 1880),[1] and was second master successively at Horton College, Tasmania, in 1880–84 and Paston Grammar School, in 1884–86.

He was ordered deacon in 1887 and ordained priest in the following year, and from 1887 until 1892 was tutor in St Peter's Training College for Schoolmasters, Peterborough, as well as curate of St Botolph's, Helpston (1887–88), and of St John's, Peterborough (1888–91).

In 1892 Johns became rector of St Botolph's Church, Cambridge. He was also chaplain of Queens' College from 1893 to 1901. He had taken up the study of cuneiform, encouraged by Sandford Arthur Strong, and from 1897 was lecturer in Assyriology at Cambridge University, as well as in Assyrian at King's College, London, from 1904.[2] He was Edwards Fellow in Cambridge University from 1900, honorary secretary of the Cambridge Pupil Teachers' Centre from 1894 to 1900, and Master of St Catharine's College, Cambridge from 1909–1920 (also bursar, for some of this time).


  • Assyrian Deeds and Documents of the 7th Century B.C. (3 vols., Cambridge, 1898–1902)
  • An Assyrian Doomsday-Book, or Liber Censualis of the District round Harran (Leipsig, 1901)
  • The Oldest Code of Laws in the World, Promulgated by Hammurabi (Edinburgh, 1903)
  • Babylonian and Assyrian Laws, Contracts, and Letters (New York, 1904)
  • The Relations Between the Laws of Babylonia and the Laws of the Hebrew Peoples (London, 1914)


  1. ^ "Johns, Claude Hermann Walter (JHNS875CH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ Snell, Daniel C. "Johns, Claude Hermann Walter". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/34198.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

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