David J. A. Clines

David John Alfred Clines
Born (1938-11-21) 21 November 1938
Sydney, Australia
Nationality Australian
Known for foundation of the Sheffield Academic Press
Board member of President of the Society for Old Testament Study, President of the Society of Biblical Literature
Academic background
Education University of Sydney, St John’s College, Cambridge
Academic work
Discipline Biblical studies
Institutions University of Sheffield
Notable works Job (WBC)

David John Alfred Clines (born 21 November 1938 Sydney, Australia) is a biblical scholar. He is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield.

Clines studied at the University of Sydney and St John’s College, Cambridge. He has served as President of the Society for Old Testament Study, as well as President of the Society of Biblical Literature.[1] In 2003, a Festschrift was published in his honour. Reading from Right to Left: Essays on the Hebrew Bible in Honour of David J.A. Clines (ISBN 0826466869) included contributions by James Barr, John Barton, Joseph Blenkinsopp, Walter Brueggemann, Brevard Childs, Patrick D. Miller, Rolf Rendtorff, Hugh Williamson, and Ellen van Wolde. In 2013, he was honoured with another Festschrift, Interested Readers: Essays on the Hebrew Bible in Honor of David J. A. Clines, which included contributions from Marc Zvi Brettler, Norman C. Habel, and Athalya Brenner.

Clines served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature in 2009.[2] Together with David M. Gunn, Clines made the University of Sheffield a pioneer in literary readings of the final form of the biblical text. Followers of this approach are sometimes referred to as the "Sheffield school".[3]


In 2015, Clines was awarded the Burkitt Medal by the British Academy "in recognition of his significant contribution to the study of the Hebrew Bible and Hebrew lexicography".[4]

Selected Works

sources of bibliography[5]


  1. "Emeritus Professor David J. A. Clines". University of Sheffield. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  2. "Past Presidents List" (PDF). Society of Biblical Literature. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  3. David J. A. Clines, Stephen E. Fowl, and Stanley E. Porter, "Preface," in The Bible in Three Dimensions: Essays in Celebration of Forty Years of Biblical Studies in the University of Sheffield, p. 14.
  4. "Burkitt Medal 2015". British Academy. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  5. "Sheffield Institute page for David Clines". Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS). Retrieved 9 November 2015.
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