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Marvin H. Pope Papers

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.


  • 1916-1998


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ingrid Brostrom Bloomquist Pope.


  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 Drafts and Unpublished Writings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


75 Linear Feet (157 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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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

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.
Graduated with A.B. from Duke University
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
Received Ph.D. from Yale; dissertation on Ugaritic particles; joined faculty at Yale as Assistant Professor of Hebrew
"El in the Ugaritic Texts" published; appointed associate professor at Yale
Served as Director of the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem
Appointed Professor of Semitic Languages and Literatures at Yale
Commentary on Job for Anchor Bible Series published
directed Hebrew Union College Biblical and Archaeological School in Jerusalem
Commentary on Songs of Songs for Anchor Bible Series published; winner of National Religious Book Award.
Death of first wife, Helen Thompson Pope; Pope named Louis M. Rabinowitz Professor of Semitic Languages and Literatures
Fulbright Lecturer in Ancient Semitic Languages at the University of Aleppo, Syria
Married second wife, Ingrid Brostrom Bloomquist
Fulbright Research Fellow at the Institute for Ugaritic Research at the University of Muenster; retired from Yale
Yale Divinity School established the Marvin H. Pope Scholarship in Biblical Hebrew to honor him.
Died in his church in Greenwich,CT, just after reading passages from the Bible to the congregation
Guide to the Marvin H. Pope Papers
Compiled by Dionis Macy Gauvin and Martha Lund Smalley
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