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Memoir

George E. Mendenhall
Regents' Proceedings 659

George E. Mendenhall, Professor of Ancient and Biblical Studies, will retire from active faculty status as of May 31, 1986, after a most illustrious career as a teacher and scholar.

A native of Iowa, George Mendenhall took his undergraduate studies at Midland College, Fremont, Nebraska, and graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, where he received his Ph.D. degree in biblical studies in 1947. He simultaneously studied at Western Theological Seminary, Fremont, Nebraska, and the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and was ordained minister of the United Lutheran Church in America in 1942.

In 1947 Professor Mendenhall joined Hamma Divinity School, Wittenberg College, Springfield, Ohio, as assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in 1950.

Professor Mendenhall was appointed associate professor of ancient and biblical studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at The University of Michigan in 1952, and was promoted to full professor in 1958.

Professor Mendenhall developed biblical studies at Michigan into one of the leading centers in the field, with his pioneering multi-disciplinary research, which combined linguistics, sociology and archaeology. His book, The Tenth Generation: The Origins of the Biblical Tradition, 1973, which appeared in paperback a year later, and his Law and Covenant in Israel and the Ancient Near East, 1955, which was soon translated into other languages, are milestones of biblical studies.

Professor Mendenhall has received many honors from his peers, including two honorary doctorates, and numerous lectureships, between which was the Henry Russel Lectureship at Michigan in 1973, and a Festschrift in 1983.

The Regents now salute this distinguished educator and scholar for his dedicated service by naming George E. Mendenhall Professor Emeritus of Ancient and Biblical Studies.