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Frank Andersen was born in Warwick, Queensland, Australia on 28 July, 1925. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University, 1960, for a thesis entitled Studies in Hebrew Syntax and a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, California 1972.

He has held a number of professorial positions in Old Testament Literature, Hebrew (Ugaritic), History and Religion in California and Australia. In 1993 he retired as Professor of Old Testament, New College for Advanced Christian Studies, Berkeley, California where he continues as Professor at Large. In 1987 he was honoured with a Festschrift entitled Perspectives on Language and Text: Essays and Poems in Honor of Francis I. Andersen's Sixtieth Birthday, Edgar W. Conrad and Edward G. Newing, eds. (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1987).

Frank has written commentaries on Job, Hosea, Jeremiah, Amos, Habakkuk and Micah: in all he has 43 volumes and over 90 papers published. He has made major contributions to the understanding of the Hebrew language and continues to work with Dean Forbes on a Hebrew Grammar that encapsulates 37 years of his research. The databank associated with this is now being purveyed by the LOGOS Corporation.

Frank first joined the Council of the Institute in 1951 and has served on it a number of times until 2000. In 1974 he was a Research Scholar at the Institute completing a commentary on Job, and in 1999 he was editor of Buried History.

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