Jim West reports that Anson Rainey has passed away.
Rainey is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Cultures and Semitic Linguistics, Tel Aviv University, Full Professor since 1981. He was also adjunct professor of Historical Geography, Bar Ilan University and Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
Rainey was well-known for his expertise in Semitic languages and historical geography. His probably best remembered for his work with the Tel- Aramana tablets.
I was privileged to meet professor Rainey in 1997 while studying in Israel. Over the years I had the many opportunities to hear him lecture including at Tel-Gezer in 2009. I last saw and spoke with him at the annual meeting of SBL in Atlanta. May he rest in peace.