Sunday, June 7, 2015

RIP: J. Louis Martyn (1925 - June 2015)

I was saddened to hear the passing of one of the great NT scholar/theologians of the current generation, Professor J. Louis Martyn (see a tribute by Prof. Gaventa here). During my first semester at Duke Div, I took a course on Galatians with Dr. Susan Eastman, in which we worked through his wonderful AB commentary on Galatians. Thanks to her friendship with Prof. Martyn, we had the great privilege of having him join our last class session in which we talked about Paul and Galatians for three hours. I still remember his graciousness and humility, and he was very much interested in hearing from all of us as much as we wanted to hear from him. He fully engaged with all of our (and I'm sure in many ways, amateur) questions and it was such a great way to end the seminar. Whatever the various criticisms (or praises) that could be had of his AB commentary, to this day I tell my friends/colleagues that it is one of the most readable and interesting commentaries that I have ever come across. 

RIP Professor, it was truly an honor to have met you.

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