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Ackroyd, Rev. Prof. Peter Runhamlocked

PhD, DD

Born 15 Sept. 1917; s of Jabez Robert Ackroyd and Winifred (née Brown); m 1st, 1940, Evelyn Alice Nutt (d 1990), BSc (Manch.), d of William Young Nutt; two s three d; 2nd, 1991, Ann, MA (Oxon), d of James Golden.; died 23 Jan. 2005

Samuel Davidson Professor of Old Testament Studies, University of London, 1961–82, then Emeritus Professor

Education

Harrow County School for Boys; Downing Coll., Cambridge (Open Exhibn in Modern Langs, 1935; Mod. and Med. Langs Tripos, Pt I, 1936, Pt II, 1938); Trinity Coll., Cambridge (Stanton Student, 1941–43; Dr Williams’s Trust Exhibnr, 1941); BD Hons London, 1940; MTh London, 1942; PhD Cambridge, 1945; DD London, 1970

Career

Minister of: Roydon Congregational Church, Essex, 1943–47; Balham Congregational Church, London, 1947–48; Lectr in Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew, Leeds Univ., 1948–52; Cambridge University: Univ. Lectr in Divinity, 1952–61; Select Preacher, 1955; Mem. Council of Senate, 1957–61; Hulsean Lectr, 1960–62; Select Preacher, Oxford, 1962, 1981 (McBride Sermon); Dean of Faculty of Theology, King’s Coll., London, 1968–69; FKC 1969; Mem. Senate, London Univ., 1971–79; Dean, Univ. Faculty of Theology, 1976–80. Vis. Professor: Lutheran Sch. of Theology, Chicago, 1967 and 1976; Univ. of Toronto, 1972; Univ. of Notre Dame, Indiana, 1982; Emory Univ., Atlanta, 1984. Lectures: Selwyn, NZ, 1970; Ethel M. Wood, Univ. of London, 1982; (first) Walter S. Williams, Denver, 1982; Tübingen, 1983; Haskell, Oberlin, Ohio, 1984; series of lectures, Japan, 1983. External Examiner, Belfast, Bristol, Durham, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Leeds, Nottingham, Exeter, West Indies. Ordained deacon, 1957, priest, 1958; Hon. Curate, Holy Trinity, Cambridge, 1957–61. Proctor in Convocation, Cambridge Univ., 1960–64. Pres., Soc. for Old Testament Study, 1972 (Foreign Sec., 1986–89); Hon. Mem., Soc. of Biblical Literature, 1982–; Chairman: Council, British Sch. of Archaeology in Jerusalem, 1979–83; Palestine Exploration Fund, 1986–90 (Hon. Sec., 1962–70). Hon. DD St Andrews, 1970

Publications

Freedom in Action, 1951; The People of the Old Testament, 1959, new edn 1981; Continuity, 1962; The Old Testament Tradition, 1963; Exile and Restoration, 1968; Israel under Babylon and Persia, 1970; 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Ruth, Jonah, Maccabees, 1970; 1 Samuel (Cambridge Bible Commentary), 1971; I & II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah (Torch Bible Commentary), 1973; 2 Samuel, 1977; Doors of Perception, 1978, new edn 1983; Studies in the Religious Tradition of the Old Testament, 1987; The Chronicler in His Age, 1991; articles and reviews in various learned jls, dictionaries, etc; translations: E. Würthein’s The Text of the Old Testament, 1957; L. Köhler’s Hebrew Man, 1957, repr. 1973; O. Eissfeldt’s The Old Testament: an introduction, 1965; editor: Bible Key Words, 1961–64; Society for Old Testament Study Book List, 1967–73; Palestine Exploration Quarterly, 1971–86; joint editor: SCM Press OT Library, 1960–80; Cambridge Bible Commentary, 1961–79; SCM Studies in Biblical Theol., 1962–77; Words and Meanings: essays presented to D. W. Thomas, 1968; Cambridge History of the Bible, vol. I, 1970; Oxford Bible Series, 1979–92; Cambridge Commentaries: Jewish and Christian Writings of the period 200 BC to AD 200, 1979

Recreations

Reading, music