[The copper scroll] It’s quite fabulous (Milik thinks literally so, but he’s a clot)

he [G R Driver] always stressed to his pupils in later years the value of a training in classics for anyone who wished to study the Old Testament

I shouldn’t worry about that theological job, if I were you: by the time I’ve finished there won’t be any Church left for you to join

Die ganzen Zahlen hat der liebe Gott gemacht, alles andere ist Menschenwerk

Were so many errors to be present in the transliteration of someone whose command of Hebrew is not, unlike Levine’s, beyond possible suspicion, the errors would cast doubt on that command

they explained it as if the faith were a tree, which had needed watering with miracles when first planted, but was now sturdy enough to do without

We have too long been dependent for our knowledge of the middle ages upon collections made in the theological or ecclesiastical interest

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger

political economy and geology, both of which are intensely Anglican sciences

The commander searched my belongings. “Indian?” “British,” I replied. I asked in a Syrian dialect if he spoke Arabic; he did and we stayed with it