Sad News: The Death of Hanan Eshel
Copied from Jim:
Joe Zias writes
The eminent Dead Sea Scholar, Professor Hanan Eshel passed away in Jerusalem and will be buried this afternoon.
May his memory be for a blessing. Obits will be posted when they begin to appear. In the meanwhile, Joseph Lauer writes
Prof. Aren Maeir posted the sad tidings at the The Tell es-Safi/Gath Excavations Official (and Unofficial) Weblog and also noted that ”The funeral is today (Thursday, April 8th, 2010) at 4 pm in the cemetery at Ma’aleh Hahamisha, just outside of Jerusalem.” See further for Dr. Maeir’s note at http://gath.wordpress.com/2010/04/08/sad-news-hanan-eshel-passed-away/
I had the opportunity to spend some time with the Eshels last fall, including the chance to bless them with some food on Shabbat and listen to them talk for a few hours on all things Scrolls related, or wherever else our conversation led. I wish that I could have had the opportunity to spend many more Sabbaths with them and learn from their wisdom and experience. I spent a few hours with Hanan and I left thinking, “Man, I wish I had the chance to be this guy’s friend.” His personality struck me so.
A professor whom I respect a great deal recently had the chance to spend a few weeks in Israel with the Eshels. I imagine her heart and soul are very heavy this morning. My thoughts are with her…