George Albert Cooke

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George Albert Cooke (26 November 1865 – 9 September 1939) Anglican clergyman and academic. He held two senior chairs at the University of Oxford: Oriel Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture from 1908 to 1914, and Regius Professor of Hebrew from 1914 to 1936.[1]


Cooke was born on 26 November 1865 in London, England, to George Isaac Foster Cooke, a barrister, and his wife Agnes Marian Cooke (née Mackenzie).[2][3] The pioneer physician Sir Morell Mackenzie was his uncle on his mother's side was .[4] He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, then an all-boys public school in London.[3]

Cooke died on 9 September 1939 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.[2] His funeral was held at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford on 12 September.[5]


In 1911, Cooke was award an honorary Doctor of Divinity (DD) degree by the University of Edinburgh.[6]


  • A text-book of north-Semitic inscriptions. Oxford: The Clarendon Press. 1903.
  • The Book of Judges and the Book of Ruth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1913. (part of the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges) [7]
  • A critical and exegetical commentary on the Book of Ezekiel. Edinburgh: T&T Clark. 1936.
  • The Prayer Book Psalter Revised. Oxford: The Clarendon Press. 1939.


  1. ^ "Reverend George Albert Cooke Journals". Archives hub. University of Bristol. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Rev. Dr. G. A. Cooke". The Times. No. 48407. 11 September 1939. p. 11.
  3. ^ a b Danby, Hope; Law, Gerald (2004). "Cooke, George Albert (1865–1939)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Mr. G. I. F. Cooke". The Times. No. 40235. 11 June 1913. p. 11.
  5. ^ "Deaths". The Times. No. 48407. 11 September 1939. p. 1.
  6. ^ "University Intelligence". The Times. No. 39550. 4 April 1911. p. 11.
  7. ^ Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges: Judges and Ruth