David J. A. Clines

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David John Alfred Clines (born 1938) is a biblical scholar. He is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield.

Clines studied at the University of Sydney and St John’s College, Cambridge. He has served as President of the Society for Old Testament Study, as well as President of the Society of Biblical Literature.[1] In 2003, a Festschrift was published in his honour. Reading from Right to Left: Essays on the Hebrew Bible in Honour of David J.A. Clines (ISBN 0826466869) included contributions by James Barr, John Barton, Joseph Blenkinsopp, Walter Brueggemann, Brevard Childs, Patrick D. Miller, Rolf Rendtorff, Hugh Williamson, and Ellen van Wolde.

Clines served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature in 2009.[2] Together with David M. Gunn, Clines made the University of Sheffield a pioneer in literary readings of the final form of the biblical text. Followers of this approach are sometimes referred to as the "Sheffield school".[3]


  1. ^ "Emeritus Professor David J. A. Clines". University of Sheffield. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Past Presidents List" (PDF). Society of Biblical Literature. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  3. ^ David J. A. Clines, Stephen E. Fowl, and Stanley E. Porter, "Preface," in The Bible in Three Dimensions: Essays in Celebration of Forty Years of Biblical Studies in the University of Sheffield, p. 14.