Ernest G. Clarke

Fonds number:
Title: Ernest G. Clarke
Dates of Material:
1.24 m of textual records
and other material
Biographical sketch

Ernest George Clarke (1927–1997) was a theologian and an academic. He was born in Varna, Ontario, the son of Melvin E. McK. Clarke and Eva M. Epps. He married Ruth G. Hunt in 1951. They had four children, Ernest Paul, Margaret Jean, Patricia Helen and David William. He died in Toronto, Ontario.

Clarke received a B.A. in 1949 from Victoria College, University of Toronto, a B.D. in 1952 from Emmanuel College of Victoria University (Toronto), and a Ph.D. in 1962 from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. He was professor of Old Testament Studies at Queen’s Theological College in Kingston, Ontario for several years and returned to Victoria College in 1961 as senior tutor and Professor of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Toronto. Clarke achieved great distinction in Targumim scholarship (Aramaic version of “Old Testament” books), was President of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (1967–68), a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, Acting Principal of Victoria College (1988–89), Acting Director of the Graduate Centre for Religious Studies at the University of Toronto (1989–90), and Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Victoria College. He was a member of the International Organization for the Study of Targums and the International Society for the Study of the Old Testament.

Clarke published many books, articles and reviews, including: The Selected Questions of Isho’ Bar Nun (1962), Wisdom of Solomon (1972), Targum Pseudo-Jonathan of the Pentateuch: Text and Concordance (1984), Targum Pseudo-Jonathan: Numbers, Translated with Notes (1995).

Scope and content

The fonds consists of Ernest G. Clarke’s records pertaining to his career as an academic and to his personal life. The fonds includes personal files, including correspondence; and professional files, including lectures, course materials, research notes and material, corrected and annotated drafts, publications, publishing contracts, and (annotated) manuscripts. The fonds also includes microfilm copies of manuscripts held in other repositories, including the British Museum.

Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of the fonds.


Includes 33 microfilm reels, 32 filmstrips, ca. 39 filmstrip slides, and ca. 5 leaves of information

Immediate source of acquisition

Acquired from Clarke’s estate in 1998.

Language of material


Access restrictions

Restrictions on access: No restrictions on access.

Finding aids

Box list available.


No further accruals are expected

Access points

Provenance access points: Clarke, Ernest G. (Ernest George), 1927–1997