John W. Rogerson
John William Rogerson
|Died|| (aged 83)|
|Title||Professor and Head of Department at the University of Sheffield|
|Alma mater||University of Manchester (DD)|
|Influences||H. H. Rowley, John M. Allegro, F. F. Bruce, S. G. F Brandon and Arnold Anderson|
|Institutions||University College, Durham|
University of Sheffield
John William Rogerson (1935 – 4 September 2018) was an English theologian, biblical scholar and ordained priest of the Church of England. He was professor of biblical studies at University of Sheffield.
He was born in 1935 in London and after serving in the Royal Air Force, where he worked in intelligence, he took a degree in Theology at the University of Manchester. Among his teachers were H. H. Rowley, John M. Allegro, F. F. Bruce, S. G. F Brandon and Arnold Anderson. His ministerial training was at Ripon Hall, Oxford, followed by an Honours degree in Oriental Studies at Oxford, where he was taught by, among others, G. R. Driver. He also spent a term at the newly founded St. George's College, Jerusalem . After graduating from Oxford in 1963 he won a scholarship to the Hebrew University, where he studied under Chaim Rabin. In 1964 he moved to Durham as a Lecturer and Tutor at University College, where he was ordained. In 1971, researching in social anthropology, he made the first of many visits to Germany, which initiated his interest in especially 18th and 19th German philosophy and biblical scholarship.
In 1975 he was awarded a DD from the University of Manchester and in 1979 was appointed Professor and Head of Department at the University of Sheffield, where he led a renowned group of scholars. Among his many activities he began a series of annual, and extremely popular, student study visits to the Holy Land. He retired in 1996 and remained an active scholar. A Festschrift in his honour, The Bible in Human Society, was published in 1995, on his retirement from the Sheffield Chair. He has been awarded Honorary degrees from Universities of Aberdeen (1998) Jena (2005) and Freiburg (2006).
John Rogerson's interests ranged widely from linguistics and philosophy to German biblical scholarship, Palestinian topography and social anthropology. As Clines (1998; 23) remarks: ‘There proved to be almost no area to which Old Testament studies could be related in which John Rogerson did not make himself a master’.
He was for many years the Secretary of the British Society for Old Testament Study and was its President in 1989. He was a keen musician and plays the cello, and continued an active ministry at Beauchief Abbey, Sheffield, as well as academic and pastoral writing.
Rogerson died on 4 September 2018 whilst in hospital in Sheffield.
- Rogerson, John W. (1974). Myth in Old Testament Interpretation. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft. 134. Berlin ; New York: De Gruyter. ISBN 978-3-110-04220-7. OCLC 1084092.
- ——— (1976). The Supernatural in the Old Testament. Interpreting the Bible. Lutterworth. ISBN 978-0-718-82233-0.
- ———; McKay, John W. (1977). Psalms. Cambridge Bible commentary. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-21463-6. OCLC 2986013.
- ——— (1979). Anthropology and the Old Testament. Growing Points in theology. Atlanta ;: John Knox Press ; Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-804-20083-7. OCLC 4135923.
- ——— (1984). Old Testament Criticism in the Nineteenth Century: England and Germany. Philadelphia ;: Fortress Press ; SPCK. ISBN 978-0-800-60737-1. OCLC 10751299.
- ——— (1982). Beginning Old Testament Study. Philadelphia, PA ;: Westminster Press ; SPCK. ISBN 978-0-664-24451-4. OCLC 8928428.
- ———; Davies, Philip R. (1989). The Old Testament World. Englewood Cliffs, NJ ; Cambridge, England: Prentice-Hall ; Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-136-34049-2. OCLC 19356209.
- ——— (1989). Atlas of the Bible. Phaidon Press. ISBN 978-0-714-82632-5.
- ———; Davies, Margaret; Carroll Rodas, Mark Daniel, eds. (1995). The Bible in Ethics: the Second Sheffield Colloquium. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Supplement Series. 207. Sheffield, England: Sheffield Academic Press. ISBN 978-1-850-75573-9. OCLC 35842678.
- ——— (1999). Introduction to the Bible. London: Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-140-25261-3. OCLC 41017729.
- ——— (1999). Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings: the reign-by-reign record of the rulers of ancient Israel. New York: Thames and Hudson. ISBN 978-0-500-05095-8. OCLC 56069103.
- ———; Carroll Rodas, Mark Daniel (2004). Theory and Practice in Old Testament Ethics. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Supplement series. 405. London ; New York: T & T Clark. ISBN 978-0-826-47165-9. OCLC 56783482.
- ——— (2009). A Theology of the Old Testament: Cultural memory, communication and being human. SPCK. ISBN 978-0281058754.
- ——— (1970). "The Hebrew Conception of Corporate Personality". Journal of Theological Studies. 21: 1–6.
- Clines, David J. A.; Davies, Philip R.; Carroll R., M. Daniel, eds. (1995). The Bible in Human Society: essays in honour of John Rogerson. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Supplement Series. 200. Sheffield, England: Sheffield Academic Press. ISBN 978-1-850-75568-5. OCLC 34410263.
- "Church Times - Deaths". 14 September 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
- "The Department of Biblical Studies - 65th Anniversary Celebrations". 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
- "John William Rogerson", in Crockford's Clerical Directory (Church House Publishing), p. 715 [2014–15 edition].
- An account of the history of the Sheffield University Department of Biblical Studies, including the period of Rogerson's leadership, can be found in David J.A. Clines, 'The Sheffield Department of Biblical Studies: An Intellectual Biography’ in David J.A. Clines and Stephen D. Moore (eds), Auguries. The Jubilee Volume of the Sheffield Department of Biblical Studies (JSOT Supplements, 269; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998), pp. 1–70, esp. pp. 22–24.
- "John William Rogerson", in Crockford’s Clerical Directory (Church House Publishing), p. 715 [2014–15 edition].
- David J. A. Clines, ‘The Sheffield Department of Biblical Studies: An Intellectual Biography’ in David J. A. Clines and Stephen D. Moore (eds), Auguries. The Jubilee Volume of the Sheffield Department of Biblical Studies (JSOT Supplements, 269; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998), pp. 1–70.
- "John Rogerson Obituary - Sheffield". The Star. 17 September 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.