Thursday, May 12, 2016

RIP: D. Moody Smith

I received word through the grapevine that Professor D. Moody Smith passed away a couple days ago at the age of 84. He was already retired by the time I took my masters degree at Duke, but obviously his influence there continued. In one of my first seminars at Duke, I took a Greek exegesis course on the Gospel of John with Dr. Joel Marcus. One of the main textbooks assigned for his class was Dr. Smith's John commentary in the Abingdon series. It was great to work through the entire commentary over one semester, and to this day I recommend it to those who are seeking a concise but insightful commentary to supplement their reading of the Fourth Gospel.

I did not have the privilege to learn from him personally but I'd like to think that my teachers at Duke were influenced by their senior colleague with the result that his knowledge was also translated down to the next generation of students such as myself.

RIP, Dr. Smith.

For details about a memorial service, please see here.

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