Lester L. Grabbe

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Lester Lee Grabbe
Born (1945-11-05) November 5, 1945 (age 77)
Alma materClaremont Graduate University

Lester L. Grabbe is a retired American scholar and Emeritus Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism at the University of Hull, England.[1] As an historian of ancient Judaism, he has authored several standard treatments.[2] He founded and convenes the European Seminar on Methodology in Israel's History, and publishes the proceedings in the sub-series European Seminar in Historical Methodology.[1] Before retirement, he established and taught for several years a module, Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, and another module, Religious Sectarianism in History and the Modern World.[1]


An alumnus of Claremont Graduate University, he was a student of William H. Brownlee and frequent guest on both Viking Radio and Radio Humberside to discuss such topics as: the Ten Commandments, the Jewish festivals, the 4th of July, and Nostradamus and the millennium.[3] Grabbe delivered the 2008 Brownlee Memorial Lecture on the topic: Exit David and Solomon? The Current Debate on the History of Ancient Israel.[4]


At age sixty-five,[5] Grabbe was presented with a Festschrift, a memorial book, by editors Philip Davies and Diana Edelman, containing a collection of thirty essays by his colleagues and friends, offering "reflections on the practice and theory of history writing, on the current controversies and topics of major interest". The essays show Grabbe's influence on the field of biblical studies and history.[6]

Published works[edit]

As of October 2013, Grabbe had: 95 works in 234 publications in 3 languages and 7,650 library holdings listed in WorldCat.[7]

Selected Titles[8]
  • Israel in transition : from late Bronze II to Iron IIa (c. 1250-850 B.C.E.) (2008) ISBN 978-0567027269 (Review)
  • Can a 'history of Israel' be written? ISBN 978-0567043207
  • A History of the Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple Period 1: Yehud: A History of the Persian Province of Judah (London/New York: T & T Clark International, 2004) xxi + 471 pp. ISBN 0-567-08998-3.
  • Judaism from Cyrus to Hadrian: Vol. I: Persian and Greek Periods; Vol. II: Roman Period (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1992) lx + 722 pp. British edition in one-volume paperback (London: SCM, 1994) xxxv + 722 pp. (Fortress) ISBN 0-8006-2620-6 (v. 1); ISBN 0-8006-2621-4 (v. 2).
  • Exile and restoration revisited essays on the Babylonian and Persian periods in memory of Peter R. Ackroyd
  • Leading captivity captive : "the Exile" as history and ideology ISBN 9781850759072
  • Judaic Religion in the Second Temple Period: Belief and Practice from the Exile to Yavneh (London/New York: Routledge, 2000) xix + 424 pp. ISBN 978-0-415-21250-2
  • Etymology in Early Jewish Interpretation: The Hebrew Names in Philo (Brown Judaic Studies 115; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1988) xvi + 268 pp. ISBN 9781555400804
  • Ancient Israel : what do we know and how do we know it? (2007, rev. ed 2017) ISBN 9780567032546
Works on Second Temple Judaism


  1. ^ a b c University of Hull me-study group members
  2. ^ Davies, Philip R.; Edelman, Diana Vikander (21 October 2010). The Historian and the Bible: Essays in Honour of Lester L. Grabbe. A&C Black. ISBN 9780567202680 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Dupertuis, Ruben. "Institute for Antiquity and Christianity". iac.cgu.edu. Archived from the original on 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2013-10-10.
  4. ^ Past Brownlee Memorial Lecturers Archived 2014-10-01 at the Wayback Machine (William H. Brownlee was the first professor of the CGS Religion Department. Archived 2013-10-08 at the Wayback Machine)
  5. ^ December 2010 Festschrift notice "Lester Grabbe turned 65 on Nov 5 (which dates him, contrary to popular rumor, well after the Persian period)." (Birth date: 5 November 1945)
  6. ^ Philip R. Davies; Diana Vikander Edelman, eds. (2010). The Historian and the Bible: Essays in Honour of Lester L. Grabbe. Continuum. ISBN 9780567202680.
  7. ^ "Grabbe, Lester L. [WorldCat.org]". www.worldcat.org.
  8. ^ Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) data on Grabbe, Lester L.

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