Well-respected Dead Sea Scrolls scholar and Langley professor passes

Dr. Peter Flint was a well-respected professor at Trinity Western University. - Submitted photo
Dr. Peter Flint was a well-respected professor at Trinity Western University.
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A world-renowned scholar on the Dead Sea Scrolls has died.

Dr. Peter Flint was Professor of Religious Studies and Co-Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University.

Flint had been in good health this semester but his heart stopped suddenly as he was going to bed Oct. 30.

He was rushed to the hospital and ultimately succumbed Nov. 3.

Flint was 65.

“Dr. Peter Flint was a well-loved member of the TWU community for many reasons,” said Bob Wood, PhD, Provost, TWU.

“In addition to being a teacher who genuinely cared for his students, he was recognized by his peers as a world leader in the field of Dead Sea Scrolls Studies. His passion and his top-notch contributions to the academic field of biblical studies will be missed a great deal.”

Flint’s online bio notes that he received his Ph.D. (1993) in Old Testament and Second Temple Judaism from the University of Notre Dame.

He held the Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls studies and actively promoted Scrolls studies through sponsored symposia, teaching, writing and delivering public lectures.

Flint also regularly participated in seminars and academic meetings on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Biblical topics, and the Christian faith.

Flint authored numerous studies on the Dead Sea Scrolls, including the critically acclaimed The Dead Sea Psalms Scrolls and the Book of Psalms (E. J. Brill, 1997), co-author of the widely-read Dead Sea Scrolls Bible (Harper San Francisco, 1999), and editor of the major two-volume collection The Dead Sea Scrolls After Fifty Years: A Comprehensive Assessment (E. J. Brill, 1998-99).

He served as a general editor of one series on the Old Testament: “The Formation and Interpretation of Old Testament Literature” (E. J. Brill), as well as three series on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and edited more than 25 Dead Sea Scrolls for three volumes in the internationally acclaimed series “Discoveries in the Judaean Desert” (Oxford University Press).

A service is being held Thursday at 1 p.m. at North Langley Community Church, 21015 96 Ave.

Encouraging the next generation to study the Dead Sea Scrolls was a passion of Flint’s.  In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to The Dead Sea Scrolls Legacy Scholarship using this link.

He leaves behind his wife Amanda; children Claire, Amy, Abigail (Daniel), Jason (Nadine), Taryn, and Ethan; and grandchildren Jacob, Olivia, Andrew and Benjamin; as well as many, many friends, relations, colleagues, and students.

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