one of the greatest new testament professors, dr. bruce metzger, passed away this past tuesday. i never took a class with dr. metzger since he was retired by the time i arrived at princeton seminary. but he was often seen walking around, chatting with students, and on couple occasions, i had the privilege of having lunch with him.
if you’re unsure who he is, you’ll likely see his name on your bibles (RSV and NRSV) as one of the contributing editors. here is one tribute (amongst many) to a giant scholar, a follower of jesus, and an amazing and gentle man.
his work and textual criticism was often criticized. there are stories of how some of the fundamental churches in the states, particularly in the south, burned copies of the RSV (revised standard version) bible when it first came out in the 1950s.
he will be missed…