James D. Purvis passed away on November 11, 2020. Mr. Purvis chaired the Department of Religious Studies at Boston University; as a biblical scholar, archeologist, linguist, and paleographer, he was awarded Boston University’s Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2013, he was awarded the Samaritan Medal for Peace, Humanitarian and Academic Achievements for his research and promotion of the Samaritan people as descendants of the ancient Israelite nation. Among his greatest delights was volunteering at the Bedford Free Public Library with his friends — examining and sorting the book donations whose sale would enhance the library’s offerings to the community.
A memorial gathering will be held at a later time when it is safe to do so.