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Friday, February 16, 2007

Bruce Metzger, New Testament Scholar, Dies at 93

One of the great New Testament scholars of the twentieth century has died. I met Bruce Metzger once many years ago. I was at the Society Biblical Literature Conference in Chicago rooming with Ben Witherington. He introduced us and we had a brief but delightful conversation. His contribution to New Testament studies will not soon be forgotten.
Associated Press

PRINCETON, New Jersey: Bruce Manning Metzger, professor emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary and an authority on Greek manuscripts of the Bible, has died. He was 93.

Metzger died Tuesday of natural causes, according to The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton.

At the time of his death, he was the George L. Collord Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Metzger earned a bachelor's degree from Lebanon Valley College in 1935, a bachelor of theology degree from Princeton Seminary in 1938 and a doctorate in classics from Princeton University in 1942. He became an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church in 1939.

Metzger began his teaching career at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1938, where he stayed in the New Testament department for 46 years. During his time at the seminary, Metzger developed 25 courses on the English and Greek texts of books in the New Testament.

He was also involved with committees in the production of three new editions of the Scriptures: the United Bible Societies' Greek New Testament (1966), the Reader's Digest condensed Bible (1982) and the New Revised Standard Version (1990).

In 1986, Metzger was elected to the American Philosophical Society in the class devoted to the Humanities. In 1994, he was awarded the F.C. Burkitt Medal by the British Academy for his contributions to biblical studies.


Christopher said...

I met Dr. Metzger when he came ot my undergrad to lecture (King College). He was a true gentleman. After the lecture the Bible geeks gathered around him for autographs. He ate cookies and drank punch just like everyone else. And of course, his name is in the Bible. Here's to a life well-lived.

Keith H. McIlwain said...

I never met him, but always admired his work, which was solid, both in terms of technical scholarship and faithful theology. A great saint.

Allan R. Bevere said...

C and Keith:

Thanks for the words of tribute. Technical scholarship and faithful theology is an appropriate description.