F. W. Dobbs-Allsopp

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F. W. Dobbs-Allsopp
Nationality American
Occupation Biblical scholar, epigrapher, and literary theorist
Title Professor of Old Testament, or Hebrew Bible
Academic background
Education Furman University, Princeton Theological Seminary
Alma mater The Johns Hopkins University (PhD)
Thesis  (1992)
Academic work
Institutions Princeton Theological Seminary

F. W. "Chip" Dobbs-Allsopp is a biblical scholar, epigrapher, and literary theorist. Currently professor of Old Testament, or Hebrew Bible, at Princeton Theological Seminary, he has taught and written extensively on Semitic languages, the origins of alphabetic writing, biblical poetry, poetics, and literary criticism.


After earning a B.A. in history at Furman University, in 1984, Dobbs-Allsopp attended Princeton Theological Seminary, where he received an M.Div., in 1987. There, he was trained in Semitic philology and biblical interpretation by the notable specialists J.J.M. Roberts and Patrick D. Miller. He then pursued doctoral studies in Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitic Philology at The Johns Hopkins University, which he completed in 1992. At Yale University, Dobbs-Allsopp served as assistant professor of Semitics (1994–1999) and director of undergraduate studies (1995–97) before returning to Princeton as assistant (1999–2002), associate (2002–2014), and full (2015–present) professor of Old Testament. He has also acted as visiting assistant professor in Ugaritic at the University of Pennsylvania (2001–02).[1]

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An expert in Semitic languages, Dobbs-Allsopp published, inter alia, perhaps the earliest alphabetic inscription, a Proto-Sinaitic text from Wadi el-Hol, with Egyptologist John C. Darnell.[2][3][4][5][6] He also edited a major volume on Hebrew inscriptions with Roberts, Choon-Leong Seow, and Richard E. Whitaker (Yale University Press).[7]

With respect to biblical scholarship, Dobbs-Allsopp has written two monographs on the book of Lamentations, in addition to any number of other essays in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. His most recent volume, On Biblical Poetry (Oxford University Press), has received early accolades from other prominent figures in the field of biblical studies.[8] For Oxford Bibliographies, he co-edited the entry on Hebrew poetry.[9] Finally, he is slated to edit the Megillot for The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition, formerly called the Oxford Hebrew Bible.[10]

Dobbs-Allsopp has sat on numerous editorial boards: from the Society of Biblical Literature's Writings from the Ancient World and Walter de Gruyter's "Beiträge zur alttestamentlichen Wissenschaft" through the Journal of Biblical Literature and Maarav to the Princeton Classical Hebrew Lexicon Project as well as the Ugaritic Tablets Digital Edition Project. In addition, he has held membership to the American Oriental Society, American Schools of Oriental Research, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Columbia University Hebrew Bible Seminar, the Lenox House Colloquium, and the Oriental Club of New Haven.[11]

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  1. ^ "Dobbs-Allsopp CV" (PDF). Princeton Theological Seminary. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Photographs of Wadi el-Hol Survey". West Semitic Research Project. Archived from the original on July 23, 2015. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Probable Inventors of the First Alphabet, by Christopher Rollston". Rollston Epigraphy. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Great Authenticator". Johns Hopkins Magazine. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Alphabet's History Rewritten By Finding". Johns Hopkins Gazette. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Discovery of Egyptian Inscriptions Indicates an Earlier Date for Origin of the Alphabet". New York Times. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Volume Overview". Yale University Press. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Early Praise for On Biblical Poetry". Oxford University Press. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Hebrew Poetry". Oxford Bibliographies. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  10. ^ "List of Participants for Oxford Hebrew Bible". The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Dobbs-Allsopp CV" (PDF). Princeton Theological Seminary. Retrieved July 4, 2015.