William McKane 1921–2004

H. G. M. Williamson

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 150 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VI

Published by British Academy

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264232
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734243 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

William McKane 1921–2004

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There was little in Willie Mckane's background and upbringing to herald the distinguished career as Semitist and Old Testament scholar that would follow. Nor was his path into academia one that would be usual in these days, when the track from Bachelors to Masters and a doctorate seems almost to be a sine qua non. Rather, the fact that McKane arrived where he did by the route that he took is itself testimony to the single-minded, even ascetic, dedication to the rigorous pursuit of excellence which was such a hallmark of his scholarship.

Keywords: Semitist; Old Testament; biblical scholar; biography; obituary

Chapter.  8974 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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