Letter from Dr. Edward L. Greenstein in Support of Chris Rollston

I received the following letter from Dr. Edward L. Greenstein of Bar-Ilan University, which I have posted below.

You may read a .pdf copy of the letter here.


Dr. Edward L. Greenstein

Dr. Edward L. Greenstein

10 November 2012

To Whom It May Concern:

I am exceedingly distressed to learn that Emmanuel Christian Seminary is planning to terminate the tenure of Professor Christopher Rollston.  Such a move strikes me as truly unbelievable.

Prof. Christopher Rollston is an extremely accomplished and highly regarded scholar, one of the world’s leading scholars of ancient Hebrew and West Semitic writing, scribal practice, and literature.  His work on paleography is of the first rank, and in many respects he is the most learned and perspicacious scholar in this area in the world today.  His writing on the transmission of culture and literature deals with both substantive and methodological matters on the highest levels.  I have heard Prof. Rollston make presentations in academic conferences, and he is an excellent lecturer.  His expertise has been acknowledged both by his appointment as editor of the leading journal Maarav and by the awards his book has received.

No academic institution should countenance the departure of a scholar of Professor Rollston’s caliber.  He brings great honor and prestige to the Emmanuel Seminary, and the Seminary is incredibly fortunate to have him.

I trust that any idea of dismissing Prof. Christopher Rollston will be reconsidered.

Sincerely,

EL Greenstein

Edward L. Greenstein
Professor of Biblical Studies
Head of the Institute for Jewish Biblical Interpretation
Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Distinguished Scholar

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