JTS Student Awarded Marks Prize in Bible

Ryan Higgins Is the First Recipient Since 2008

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July 8, 2010, New York, NY

Marcus and HigginsRyan Stephen Higgins, a first-year master of arts student in The Graduate School of The Jewish Theological Seminary, has been awarded the Edith and Stuart Marks Prize in Bible.

The prize is awarded on an intermittent basis by faculty of the JTS Department of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages to the student who has made the most progress in this area of study. The prize consists of a major textbook, bibliographical tool, or reference work in the field.

Mr. Higgins was given the multi-volume Akkadisches Handwerterbuch, an Akkadian dictionary, by the emininent Assyriologist Wolfram von Soden in recognition of the prize.

Mr. Higgins attended Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York. He is interested in Mesopotamian religion and ancient Near Eastern conceptions of divinity and plans to pursue a doctorate after he completes his master’s program.

Previous award winners include Sara Diamant (1995); Lori Sonenblick Abacasis (1996); Lida Paulding (1997); Elliot Cosgrove (1998); Judith Shapero (2000); Judy Weiss (2002); Ilana Sasson (2003); Chris Dost (2007); and Amy Pfeister (2008).