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Dr. Simon B. Parker, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Harrell F. Beck Scholar of Hebrew Scripture, Boston University, passed away on April 28, 2006, after suffering a brain hemorrhage. Dr. Parker received his Ph.D. (with Distinction) from Johns Hopkins University in 1967. His early research focused on Israel's inheritance from Canaanite culture (as represented especially in Ugaritic literature) and its transformation of that tradition. More recently, his primary research interest was Hebrew inscriptions, their relation to other archaeological sources and biblical literature, and the light they shed on the social and religious life of ancient Judeans. Among his many publications were The Pre-Biblical Narrative Tradition (Scholars Press, 1988) and Stories in Scripture and Inscriptions (Oxford, 1997). For eight years he served as General Editor of the SBL translation series, Writings from the Ancient World. In all his labors, he was a model of diligence, thoroughness, and erudition. He is survived by his wife, Sonia M. (Parker), two sons (Jonathan and Jeremy), and two grandchildren, Julian I. and Asher B. Parker-Sartori.


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