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  Mullett   Derek Beattie Derek BEATTIE MA, PhD
Senior Lecturer, P/T
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Derek read Hebrew and Semitic (formerly Oriental) Languages at Trinity College, Dublin, in the heyday of Jacob Weingreen’s Honor School, then migrated to St Andrews where he took his PhD under the supervision of William McKane. After a brief period as a lecturer in the University of Aberdeen he was appointed to a lectureship in Semitic Studies at Queen’s University Belfast in 1973 and was head of the Department of Semitic Studies from 1985 until its absorption in the school of Greek, Roman & Semitic [subsequently Byzantine] Studies. He retired on health grounds in 1998.

Dr Beattie’s teaching and research interests lie in the areas of Hebrew language, and literary and historical aspects of the Hebrew Bible. He has a particular interest in Jewish biblical exegesis, especially the Aramaic Targums. As well as a number of articles and reviews he has written several books and papers including 'The Targum of Ruth: A preliminary edition', Targum and Scripture. Studies in Aramaic translations and interpretation in memory of Ernest G. Clarke, ed. P.V.M. Flesher (Studies in the Aramaic Interpretation of Scripture, 2, Leiden, 2002), 231-290, Jewish exegesis of the Book of Ruth (1977); First Steps in Biblical Criticism (1988); The Targum of Ruth: Translated, with Introduction, Apparatus, and Notes (1994); and, with M.J. McNamara, The Aramaic Bible: Targums in their Historical Context (1994).

Email: Derek Beattie
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3817

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