Alan D. Crown was a renowned scholar of Samaritan studies. His work has made him one of the foremost experts on the Abisha Scroll, a copy of the Samaritan Pentateuch, which was supposedly penned by Aaron’s great-grandson Abisha. Due to his research on this Scroll, Crown received a grant to produce a critical edition of the Samaritan Pentateuch.
Crown’s services to education earned him the Order of Australia, an order of chivalry that honors Australian citizens for achievement or meritorious service. He was also the joint master and chairman of the Mandelbaum House, the Jewish residential college at the University of Sydney. Some of Crown’s important publications include: The Samaritans: Their Religion, Literature, Society and Culture; Samaritan Scribes and Manuscripts; and A Bibliography of the Samaritans.
Crown earned his B.A. in Leeds, England, and then migrated to Australia to teach at Mount Scopus College in Melbourne. In 1962, Crown became a lecturer for the Department of Semitic Studies at the University of Sydney and received his Ph.D. in Sydney in 1967.
Alan was husband of Sadie and loving father to Aviva and Jacqui.