Patrick W. Skehan

Patrick W. Skehan

Patrick W. Skehan © Dept. or Archives, Manuscripts, and Museum Collections, The Catholic University of America

Msgr. Patrick W. Skehan (1909–1980) was the Chair of the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures, where he taught Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac. He collaborated with many scholars through his work on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the New American Bible, the New Catholic Encyclopedia, the Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium, and the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

William Foxwell Albright with Patrick W. Skehan

William Foxwell Albright (left) with Patrick W. Skehan © Institute of Christian Oriental Research, The Catholic University of America

In 1947 when William Foxwell Albright went on archaeological exploration to Egypt, he asked Skehan to be a visiting lecturer in his place at Johns Hopkins University. Skehan agreed and did this for Albright at other times between 1947 and 1956.

Patrick W. Skehan in Egypt

Patrick W. Shehan (top row right) in Egypt © Institute of Christian Oriental Research, gthe Catholic University of America