[UPDATED Sept 2, 2014, see below]
I was very sorry today to read of the latest at Sheffield in the midst of the official death of its once-great Department of Biblical Studies. As The Dunedin School and Jim West report, apparently the school's PR team had taken quotations from eminent scholars--written in letters opposing the closing the department--and used them as statements of endorsement. This includes a quotation from Maurice Casey, who is now passed and was as bitterly opposed to the closing of the Department of Biblical Studies as anyone. As far as I can tell, the quotations are no longer on Sheffield's pages, though the blogs named above have screen shots of the earlier pages.
Sheffield has always functioned as something of a myth for me, associated in my mind with names like Bruce, Alexander, Clines, and Moore. One of the very influential professors I had in undergraduate received his PhD from Sheffield during Stephen Moore's short time there, and I was really impressed with that professor and thus with Sheffield. I considered it a real honor to deliver a lecture there last year in the famed Biblical Studies Seminar at the invitation of Minna Shkul and James Crossley.
*UPDATE Sept 2, 2014
In the comments section of The Dunedin School post noted above, someone (signed in as "someone who used to edit the bibs website") has left the following message, indicating that the scholars quoted had given their permission to be used in the context of promoting Biblical Studies at Sheffield, including Maurice Casey. Perhaps we should take a deep breath. I quote from The Dunedin School comments (HT Mark Goodacre):
Someone who used to edit the bibs website said: