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Marvin H. Pope Papers

 Collection
Call Number: RG 135

Scope and Contents

This extensive collection provides a good sense Pope's academic work and his interactions with colleagues and students. The final series, Offprints and Papers by Others, is not listed in its entirety in this finding aid. The materials in this series have been entered into an Access database that is available at the Yale Divinity Library.

Dates

  • 1916-1998

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ingrid Brostrom Bloomquist Pope.

Arrangement

  1. I. Correspondence, 1948-1997, n.d.
  2. II. Notes
  3. III. Published Articles and Reviews, 1947-1992, n.d.
  4. IV.. Drafts and Unpublished Writings
  5. V. Course-related Material, 1966-1989, n.d.
  6. VI. Collected Material, 1953-1995, n.d.
  7. VII. Personal/Memorabilia, 1916-1998
  8. VIII. Audiovisual Materials, 1976-1993, n.d.
  9. IX. Offprints and Papers of Others

Extent

75 Linear Feet (157 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/divinity.135

Overview

The Marvin H. Pope Papers document the life and work of a prominent professor at Yale. Correspondence, notes, writings, course-related materials, collected materials, and audiovisual materials shed light on his academic work and his interactions with colleagues and students. Marvin H. Pope taught at Yale in the Department of Religious Studies and Divinity School from 1949 to 1986 and was one of the world's leading authorities on Ugarit. Pope made many contributions to biblical studies, which included helping to prepare the Revised Standard Version of the Bible and advising the National Council of Churches on the New Revised Standard Version. His scholarly output was prodigious, and he helped to bring the public's attention to the importance of Ugaritic texts in the study of the Bible. During his lifetime he published numerous scholarly articles and three major books, "El in the Ugaritic Texts" and two commentaries for the Anchor Bible Series: "Job" (1965) and "Songs of Songs" (1977). Pope is remembered for his wit, which made him a popular professor during his years at Yale. .

Biographical / Historical

1916
Marvin Hoyle Pope born in Durham, North Carolina, son of Charles and Bessie Cleveland Sorrell Pope. Born in the "Bible Belt," Pope was named after a Methodist bishop. He worked part-time in a drugstore in his early teens, an experience that sparked his interest in religion. When he wasn't busy with customers, Pope read Tom Paine, Voltaire, the Bible, and pharmacopoeia.
1938
Graduated with A.B. from Duke University
1939
Received M.A. from Duke University in Semitic languages and literature
1941-1945 Servedin the U.S. Air Force 1946
Resumed his academic work, studying archaeology with Nelson Glueck, as a fellow of the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem
1949
Received Ph.D. from Yale; dissertation on Ugaritic particles; joined faculty at Yale as Assistant Professor of Hebrew
1955
"El in the Ugaritic Texts" published; appointed associate professor at Yale
1959-60
Served as Director of the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem
1964
Appointed Professor of Semitic Languages and Literatures at Yale
1965
Commentary on Job for Anchor Bible Series published
1966-67
directed Hebrew Union College Biblical and Archaeological School in Jerusalem
1977
Commentary on Songs of Songs for Anchor Bible Series published; winner of National Religious Book Award.
1979
Death of first wife, Helen Thompson Pope; Pope named Louis M. Rabinowitz Professor of Semitic Languages and Literatures
1980
Fulbright Lecturer in Ancient Semitic Languages at the University of Aleppo, Syria
1985
Married second wife, Ingrid Brostrom Bloomquist
1986
Fulbright Research Fellow at the Institute for Ugaritic Research at the University of Muenster; retired from Yale
1988
Yale Divinity School established the Marvin H. Pope Scholarship in Biblical Hebrew to honor him.
1997
Died in his church in Greenwich,CT, just after reading passages from the Bible to the congregation
Title
Guide to the Marvin H. Pope Papers
Author
Compiled by Dionis Macy Gauvin and Martha Lund Smalley
Date
2002
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Divinity Library Descriptive Practices
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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