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Edward Lipiński (orientalist)

Edward Lipiński, or Edouard Lipiński (born 18 June 1930 in Łódź, Poland), is a Polish-Belgian Biblical scholar and Orientalist.[1]


His first major work, published in 1965, was a monumental monograph, La royauté de Yahwé dans la poésie et le culte de l'ancien Israël. In 1969, he was appointed professor at the Catholic University of Leuven, where he taught the comparative grammar of Semitic languages, the history of ancient Near Eastern religions and institutions and other things.

He was head of the Department of Oriental and Slavonic studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven[2] from 1978 to 1984. He directed the publication of the Dictionnaire de la civilisation phénicienne et punique (1992) and the Studia Phoenicia series (from 1983).

He also published Semitic Languages. Outline of a Comparative Grammar (1997, 2001) and dealt extensively with Old Aramaic dialects and history, in particular in his Studies in Aramaic Inscriptions and Onomastics (1975, 1994, 2010, 2016) and in The Aramaeans: Their Ancient History, Culture, Religion (2000).[3]

Referring to the last work, a reviewer noted that it "embodies the accumulated insights of one of the greatest Semitic scholars of our time".[4] He was awarded a doctorate honoris causa by the Lund University in 2003. Although he retired in 1995, he continues teaching and doing research mainly in Aramaic and Phoenician studies.


The WorldCat database lists over a hundred publications by Edward Lipiński in his various fields of expertise.[5]

A complete bibliography was published by The Enigma Press.[6] Here is a short list of his major publications:

  • La Royauté de Yahwé dans la poésie et le culte de l'ancien Israël (Verhandelingen van de Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie voor Wetenschappen, Letteren en Schone Kunsten van België. Klasse der Letteren, Jaarg. XXVII, Nr 55), Paleis der Academiën, Brussel 1965, 560 pp. ; second edition, Brussel 1968.
  • Le Poème royal du Psaume LXXXIX, 1-5.20-38 (Cahiers de la Revue Biblique 6), J. Gabalda et Cie, Paris 1967, 110 pp.
  • Lipiński, Edward (1975). Studies in Aramaic Inscriptions and Onomastics. Vol. 1. Leuven: Peeters Publishers.
  • Author of volumes 1, 5 and 6 of Studia Paulo Naster Oblata: Orientalia antiqua published 1982 Peeters Publishers[7]
  • (Ed.), Dictionnaire de la civilisation phénicienne et punique, Brepols, Turnhout 1992, XXII + 502 p., 14 colour pls.
  • Dieux et déesses de l'univers phénicien et punique (Orient. Lov. An. 64; Studia Phoenicia XIV), Peeters & Departement Oosterse Studies, Leuven 1995, 536 p.
  • Lipiński, Edward (1997). Semitic Languages: Outline of a Comparative Grammar (1st ed.). Leuven: Peeters Publishers.
  • Lipiński, Edward (2000). The Aramaeans: Their Ancient History, Culture, Religion. Leuven: Peeters Publishers.
  • Lipiński, Edward (2004). Itineraria Phoenicia. Leuven: Peeters Publishers.
  • Lipiński, Edward (2006). On the Skirts of Canaan in the Iron Age: Historical and Topographical Researches. Leuven: Peeters Publishers.
  • Prawo bliskowschodnie w starożytności. Wprowadzenie historyczne (The Near Eastern Law in Antiquity. A Historical Introduction; Studia historico-biblica 2), Wydawnictwo KUL, Lublin 2009, 492 pp.
  • Resheph. A Syro-Canaanite Deity (Orient. Lov. An. 181; Studia Phoenicia XIX), Peeters & Departement Oosterse Studies, Leuven 2009, 297 pp.
  • Lipiński, Edward (2013). "The Aramaeans in the West (13th–8th centuries)". Arameans, Chaldeans, and Arabs in Babylonia and Palestine in the First Millennium B.C. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag. pp. 123–147.


  1. ^ "Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek". Retrieved 24 September 2010. Belg. Altorientalist
  2. ^ Vermeulen, Urbain; Union européenne des arabisants et islamisants. Congress; van Reeth, J. M. F. (1998). Urbain Vermeulen, J. M. F. van Reeth (ed.). Law, Christianity and modernism in Islamic society: proceedings of the eighteenth congress of the Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants held at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (3–9 September 1996). Orientalia Lovaniensia analecta. Vol. 86. Peeters Publishers. pp. xvi–xvii. ISBN 978-90-6831-979-8. Oriental Institute ... president ... his successor was Prof. Edward Lipinski, a brilliant semitist and historian of the ancient near East ... in the field of West-Semitic epigraphy ... prolific writer
  3. ^ Noegel, Scott B. "Review of E. Lipínski, The Aramaeans: Their Ancient History, Culture, Religion". Journal of Hebrew Scriptures - Volume 4 (2002–2003). Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2010. established the broader linguistic, literary, and historical framework for the Aramaeans
  4. ^ Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 327, 2002, p. 60
  5. ^ "Lipiński, Edward". WorldCat. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 81 works in 118 publications in 10 languages and 2,043 library holdings
  6. ^ The Polish Journal of Biblical Research 9 (2010), pp. 13–66.
  7. ^ Studia Paulo Naster oblata. WorldCat. OCLC 9971897.
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