David Noel Freedman 1922 – 2008
As I was checking the SBL site (looking for a review of Keel’s book on Song of Songs) I found out that David Noel Freedman died. It is sad news, but I believe (and hope) that he died as a Christian (?).
David Noel Freedman was my professor while I studied Computer Science at UCSD. Few know that my first major (my B.S.) was Computer Science.
However, while at UCSD, I decided to take Jewish Studies as one of my areas of concentration (you are required to have 2, unrelated to your major; mine were Jewish Studies and Communication). I was thinking…I know that Bible fairly well (I was raised in a Romanian Baptist family), I like studying it, and I may be able to raise my GPA with the area of concentration 🙂 I did raise my GPA ( 🙂 ), and in the process I got to study with world-class scholars. The most notable ones were D. N. Freedman (a giant in his field), and R. E. Friedman (one is freed and the other is fried :)). Both of them are part of the reason that I am now an Old Testament aspiring scholar. David Noel encouraged me through his passionate teaching and love for the Bible, while R. E. really annoyed me through his dogmatic presentation of the documentary hypothesis (this is the best way I can put it :)).
Well – this post is about D. N. Freedman. May he rest in SHALOM. More information about him can be found following the links below:
Freedman’s 1976 SBL presidential addressTribute to David Noel Freedman in Biblical Archaeology ReviewLos Angeles Times Obituary