Wycliffe Adjunct Professor wins R.B.Y. Scott Award
Tuesday June 7th, 2011
Dr. Joel N. Lohr
Joel N. Lohr, adjunct professor at Wycliffe College, was presented with the R.B.Y. Scott Award, at the recent CSBS Conference, for his book, Chosen and Unchosen: Conceptions of Election in the Pentateuch and Jewish-Christian Interpretation. Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures 2. Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 2009.
Criteria: This award recognizes an outstanding book in the areas of Hebrew Bible and/or the Ancient Near East written by a member of the CSBS and published during the previous two years (currently those with a copyright date of 2009 or 2010). Collections of essays, whether by a single author or by multiple authors, are not eligible for the award.
Selection Process: The three-person Adjudication Committee is appointed from among members of CSBS with a publishing record in at least one of the areas covered by the award.
The award of $500 is announced each year at the Annual General Meeting (usually late May - early June).
This award has been established in honour of Robert Balgarnie Young Scott, one of Canada’s most renowned Old Testament Scholars. He was born in Toronto in 1899 and educated at University College of the University of Toronto and Knox College; during his graduate studies he was also a visiting student at New College, Edinburgh and Westminster College, Cambridge. Scott was ordained in the United Church of Canada in 1926 and held a pastorate for two years. He taught at Union College in Vancouver (1928-31), United Theological College in Montreal (1931-48), the Faculty of Divinity at McGill University (1948-55; he also served as the Faculty’s first Dean for 1948-49) and as the William H. Danforth Professor at Princeton University (1955-68); he was Chair of the Department of Religion at Princton from 1963-65 and named Professor emeritus upon his retirement. R. B. Y. Scott died November 1, 1987.
Scott participated in a number of archaeological excavations in Jordan, and in 1951 purchased several fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls for McGill University; these fragments are now in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. His own antiquities collection consisting of coins, weights, seals and small pieces of pottery and glass is housed in the Redpath Museum at McGiill University as the R. B. Y. Scott Collection.
Scott was a founding member of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, served as the secretary-treasurer for its first seven years, and was named President of the Society in 1971; he was also President of the Society of Biblical Literature in 1960. Among his numerous articles and monographs are The Relevance of the Prophets, The Way of Wisdom and Proverbs/Ecclesiastes in the Anchor Bible commentary series. He also composed 10 hymns, including one for Canada’s Centennial in 1967.