Biblical Archaeology Review 29:6, November/December 2003

Festschrift for Moussaieff

With new insights, scholars honor a unique collector

Shlomo: Studies in Epigraphy, Iconography, History and Archaeology in Honor of Shlomo Moussaieff

Edited by Robert Deutsch (Tel Aviv-Jaffa: Archaeological Center Publications, 2003), 271 pp. plus 16 pp. in Hebrew. (Available from the publisher, 7 Mazal Dagim St., Jaffa, Israel, for $90 plus $18 shipping.)

A festschrift is a volume of articles by scholars to honor an esteemed colleague. Dozens of festschriften are published every year, almost always to honor senior academics. This one, however, is an exception. The articles are sufficiently abstruse, but they pay tribute to an antiquities collector, not an academic. Shlomo Moussaieff, one of the world’s great collectors, turned 80 in September, so 24 scholars from around the world created a festschrift for him, under the editorship of Robert Deutsch, an Israeli antiquities dealer and epigrapher.

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