About this Fellow
Born 1938 to James Brock (archaeologist) and Ursula Brock (nee Cooper, silk weaver). 1966, married to Helen M.C.Brock (nee Hughes; archaeologist). Educated at Eton College (King's Scholar), and Trinity College Cambridge (Classics and Oriental Languages [Hebrew and Aramaic]); DPhil Oxford 1966. Assistant Lecturer, then Lecturer, University of Birmingham (Department of Theology) 1964-1967; Lecturer in Hebrew, then Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic, Cambridge University, 1967-1974; Lecturer in Aramaic and Syriac, then Reader in Syriac Studies, Oxford University, 1974-2003; 2003- Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.
- Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford
- Formerly Reader in Syriac Studies, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, Corpus Christi College University of Oxford, 1990
- Lecturer, Reader in Aramaic and Syriac, University of Oxford, 1974
- Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic, University of Cambridge, 1967 - 1974
Languages, scripts, inscriptions, and rock art in ancient Arabia and its environs; ancient literacy and its uses; the history of ancient Arabian cultures and of the ancient Near Eastern nomads
Intellectual and cultural history of eastern Africa; the composition of books; the politics of archives; the infrastructure of religious experience; the social practice of non-conformity; Idi Amin