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“An Eye for Form”

Epigraphic Essays in Honor of Frank Moore Cross

Edited by Jo Ann Hackett and Walter E. Aufrecht

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“An Eye for Form”

Epigraphic Essays in Honor of Frank Moore Cross

Edited by Jo Ann Hackett and Walter E. Aufrecht

At the first meeting of his class in Northwest Semitic Epigraphy at Harvard, Frank Cross would inform students that one of the things each of them needed was an “eye for form.” By this, he meant the ability to recognize typological or evolutionary change in letters and scripts. Frank, like his teacher William Foxwell Albright, was a master of typological method. In fact, typology was the dominant feature of his epigraphic work, from the origins of the alphabet to the development of the scripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Indeed, he has written about the importance of typology itself. Because Frank Cross has so dominated the study of the ancient Near East in the last 60 years, Aufrecht once asked him what he considered his primary field of study to be. Without hesitation, he said, “Epigraphy.” It seems, therefore, that the field that he loved and to which he contributed so much is an appropriate subject for this Festschrift in his honor, which is being presented by his colleagues, friends, and former students. Included are an appreciation by Peter Machinist and a contribution by the late Pierre Bordreuil.

 

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At the first meeting of his class in Northwest Semitic Epigraphy at Harvard, Frank Cross would inform students that one of the things each of them needed was an “eye for form.” By this, he meant the ability to recognize typological or evolutionary change in letters and scripts. Frank, like his teacher William Foxwell Albright, was a master of typological method. In fact, typology was the dominant feature of his epigraphic work, from the origins of the alphabet to the development of the scripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Indeed, he has written about the importance of typology itself. Because Frank Cross has so dominated the study of the ancient Near East in the last 60 years, Aufrecht once asked him what he considered his primary field of study to be. Without hesitation, he said, “Epigraphy.” It seems, therefore, that the field that he loved and to which he contributed so much is an appropriate subject for this Festschrift in his honor, which is being presented by his colleagues, friends, and former students. Included are an appreciation by Peter Machinist and a contribution by the late Pierre Bordreuil.

An Appreciation of Frank Moore Cross

Peter Machinist

Introduction

Response by Frank Moore Cross To the Presentation of an 80th Birthday Volume of Essays Prologomenon to the Study of Northwest Semitic Palaeography and Epigraphy Christopher A. Rollston

A History of Northwest Semitic Epigraphy André Lemaire

Re-Conceptualizing the Periods of Early Alphabetic Scripts Gordon J. Hamilton

The Ugaritic Alphabetic Script John L. Ellison

The Iron Age Phoenician Script Christopher A. Rollston

Prolegomenon to the Study of Old Aramaic and Ammonite Lapidary Inscriptions Walter E. Aufrecht

Iron Age Moabite, Hebrew, and Edomite Monumental Scripts David S. Vanderhooft

On The Authenticity Of Iron Age Northwest Semitic Inscribed Seals Pierre Bordreuil

Phoenician Seal Script Philip C. Schmitz

Aramaic and Ammonite Seal Scripts Larry G. Herr

Hebrew, Moabite, and Edomite Seal Scripts Larry G. Herr

Northwest Semitic Cursive Scripts of Iron II Christopher A. Rollston

Scripts of Post-Iron Age Aramaic Inscriptions and Ostraca André Lemaire

Paleo-Hebrew Texts and Scripts of the Persian Period Gordon J. Hamilton

The Aramaic Papyri Scripts Ryan Byrne

Punic Scripts Maria Giulia Amadasi Guzzo

Semitic Paleography of the Judean Desert Scrolls Esther Eshel

Northwest Semitic Scripts On Coins John W. Betlyon

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