J. Frederic McCurdy

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James Frederic McCurdy (1847–1935), born in Chatham, New Brunswick, was Professor of Oriental Languages, University College, Toronto, Canada.[1] He studied at the University of New Brunswick, then at the University of Göttingen and University of Leipzig,[2] then Princeton Theological Seminary under William Henry Green. His main area of study was the origins of ancient Hebrew and linguistic archeology.[3] He was one of the scholars who held to the view that the ancient Israelites already had an advanced literary culture at the time of the migration from Canaan to Egypt.[4]


  • Aryo-Semitic speech: a study in linguistic archaeology 1881
  • History, Prophecy and the Monuments of Israel and the Nations 1914


  • contributions to the Jewish Encyclopedia 1912.
  • Celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the appointment of Professor William Henry Green as an instructor in Princeton Theological Seminary: Essay Dr Green's contribution to semitic scholarship


  1. ^ International Congress of Arts and Science: Law and religion Howard Jason Rogers - 1908 - OLD TESTAMENT SCIENCE BY JAMES FREDERICK M'CURDY [James Frederick McCurdy, Professor of Semitic Languages, University College, Toronto, Canada, b. Chatham, New Brunswick, 1847.
  2. ^ Beth Mardutho: Hugoye
  3. ^ The Academy and literature: 1882 "I do not understand Mr. McCurdy's argument (p. 56) that, since only one symbol stood for the Hebrew f and P in the Phoenician alphabet, the two sounds must have been differentiated after the invention of the latter."
  4. ^ The antiquity of Hebrew writing and literature: Alvin Sylvester Zerbe - 1911 "That the Hebrews at their migration to Egypt and subsequently were not the uncivilized horde of the Grafians, but somewhat advanced in the arts is a thesis defended by historians from Ewald to Kittel and McCurdy. ..."