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These letters are in response to: Tikva Frymer-Kensky, 1943-2006

Dear SBL Forum-

I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Prof. Tikva Frymer-Kensky. Her book, In the Wake of the Goddesses, had a profound impact on me as I was writing my little commentary on Ruth in the late 1990s. Her work so impacted me, in fact, I had to put aside my own work long enough to publish a review of hers, all in the hope that others might be similarly impacted by her brilliance. The hope now is that someone will quickly pick up her Ruth commentary manuscript and finish it off for timely publication ....

Michael S. Moore, Fuller Theological Seminary, Arizona State University

Tikva's death is a terrible loss to biblical and ancient near eastern scholarship, but more importantly the loss of a wonderful human being. We were in graduate school at Yale together in the late 1960s and the many conversations and good times in her company are among my most cherished memories of those years. To cross her path through later years was to pick up where we left off. I was always astonished at the breadth of her interests and the many areas where her work had an impact. She will be missed.

Bruce C. Birch, Wesley Theological Seminary

I just learned from the note on the SBL Forum site about the death of Tikva Frymer-Kensky. A terrible loss. She and I were classmates at Yale doing our doctorates in the late sixties (although she opted do do a more thorough job of it than I did, and she stayed on to the mid-seventies.) Besides being a superb scholar, Tikva was one of the most charming, engaging and articulate colleagues I have met in my own career. I treasured the not-frequent-enough connections we maintained over the years. Along with her expertise in ancient languages, she knew how to be thoroughly human, and made everyone she met feel appreciated. I will miss her.
Bill Fulco, Loyola Marymount University

I just read about the death of Tikva Frymer Kensky, who is well known also in Germany for her feminist perspectives — and as one of the initiators of "Dabru emet," a Jewish statement on Christians and Christianity issued in 2002. I wonder why this is not mentioned in the article on the SBL site. It is a very important contribution she made for Christian Jewish relations!
Marie-Theres Wacker, University of Muenster, Germany

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