Géza Vermès (1924-2013), scholar

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Géza Vermès (1924-2013) was an Hungarian-born Jewish-British scholar, at the University of Oxford, England, UK. Géza Vermès was born in Mako, Hungary into a Jewish family that converted to Catholicism when he was a child. Both his parents were victims of the Holocaust. Vermes joined the Catholic priesthood after WW2, and remained a Catholic priest until 1957. He received his doctorate in 1953 from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, writing his dissertation on the DSS. Vermes was one of the first generation of scholars to analyze the DSS. Vermes published the first English edition of the scrolls, The Dead Sea Scrolls in English, in 1962. After teaching several years at the University of Newcastle (1957-65), in 1965 Vermes began teaching at Oxford in the Oriental Institute, and remained at Oxford until his retirement from full-time teaching in 1991. In 1973 Vermes, along with Fergus Millar and Martin Goodman, published a revised edition of Emil Schurer’s The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ. Vermes also continued as editor of the Journal of Jewish Studies, a position he first assumed in 1971. Since 1991 Vermes was the director of the Oxford Forum for Qumran Research at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Besides his interest in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Vermes spent much of his academic career publishing books on Jesus.

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