Edward Ullendorff
Edward Ullendorff FBA (January 25, 1920 – March 6, 2011) was a British
British people
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 scholar and historian, especially in Semitic languages and Ethiopia
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Ullendorff was educated at the Graues Kloster
Berlinisches Gymnasium zum Grauen Kloster
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 in Berlin
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, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the University of Oxford
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He was previously Reader in Semitic Languages at the University of St. Andrews, Professor of Semitic Languages at the University of Manchester
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, and Professor of Ethiopic at the University of Oxford.

Prior to his death in 2011, Ullendorff was Professor Emeritus at the School of Oriental and African Studies
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 (SOAS) in London
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, where he was Professor of Ethiopian Studies
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 and then of Semitic Languages.


  • Exploration and Study of Abyssinia. A brief survey
  • The Semitic Languages of Ethiopia. A Comparative Phonology (1955)
  • An Amharic Chrestomathy (1965)
  • The challenge of Amharic (1965) An inaugural lecture delivered on 28 October 1964
  • The Ethiopians: An Introduction to Country and People (1966)
  • Ethiopia and the Bible (1968) Schweich Lectures
    Schweich Lectures on Biblical Archaeology
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     of The British Academy (1967)
  • Some early Amharic letters. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 35.2:229-270. (1972)
  • Is Biblical Hebrew a Language? (1977)
  • Autobiography of Emperor Haile Sellassie of Ethiopia (1978), translator
  • The Amharic Letters Emperor Theodore of Ethiopia to Queen Victoria and Her Special Envoy (1979), with David L. Appleyard, Girma-Selassie Asfaw
  • The Hebrew Letters of Prester John (1982), with C. F. Beckingham.
  • A Tigrinya Chrestomathy (1985)
  • The Two Zions : Reminiscences of Jerusalem and Ethiopia (1989)
  • From Emperor Haile Selassie to H. J. Polotsky Collected Papers IV: An Ethiopian and Semitic Miscellany
  • From the Bible to Enrico Cerulli A Miscellany of Ethiopian and Semitic Papers
  • Hebraic- Jewish Elements in Abyssinian (Monophysite) Christianity (1956)
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