First, I had briefly met Dr. Metzger in November 1980 at the annual Society of Biblical Literature meeting. As I opened the passenger side-door, he took his hat off and sat down. There was profound respect in their tone. In 1964, Metzger was named the George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature. Dr. Bruce Metzger was unquestionably one of the greatest New Testament scholars of the 20th century. One can only imagine what he was thinking about when he got distracted in mid-brush. Sign Up For Our Newsletter Metzger taught in the New Testament department at Princeton for 46 years, beginning in 1938. Advent reminds us that Christian hope is shaped by what has happened and what’s going to happen again. Actually, Colwell's rule does not address this issue at all." What could I possibly add to the eulogies? 303)"), also from Princeton University. In 1939, he was ordained in the Presbyterian Church. He had turned 93 just four days earlier (February 9). And one measure of his impact is the legacy he has left behind. In 1978 he was elected corresponding fellow of the British Academy, the Academy's highest distinction for persons who are not residents in the United Kingdom. Get the most recent headlines and stories from Christianity Today delivered to your inbox daily. --Darkfred 14:27, 27 July 2005 (UTC) Original research. Browse 60+ years of magazine archives and web exclusives. I will miss him dearly. Everywhere he went, he was recognized. From the many stories and anecdotes I could mention, I will limit myself to just two. The Associated Press published an obituary notice, as did Christianity Today. He was survived by his wife Isobel and their two sons, John Mackay Metzger and James Bruce Metzger. Metzger edited and provided commentary for many Bible translations and wrote dozens of books. Dr. Bruce Metzger was unquestionably one of the greatest New Testament scholars of the 20th century. In 1938, he joined the faculty at Princeton Seminary. Dr. Metzger was the epitome of grace; everywhere he went, he touched lives deeply for the Lord. . [14] He concludes that, “In the most basic sense neither individuals nor councils created the canon; instead they came to recognize and acknowledge the self-authenticating quality of these writings, which imposed themselves as canonical upon the church.”[15], Selected Interview and Writings about Bruce M. Metzger, CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (, James A. Brooks, "Bruce Metzger as Textual Critic,". "[11] He considered it a privilege to present the NRSV—which includes the books referred to as Apocrypha by Protestants, though Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox consider them deuterocanonical—to Pope John Paul II and Patriarch Demetrius I of Constantinople.[11]. Bruce M. Metzger, United Presbyterian Church of North America, "Bruce Metzger, Scholar and Bible Translator, Dies at 93", New Testament Scholar and Bible Translator Bruce Metzger Dies, "About - NAPS – The North American Patristics Society", "Inerrancy and the Text-Critical Problem in Romans 5:1",, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 6 November 2020, at 14:38. He had turned 93 just four days earlier (February 9). Metzger was born on February 9, 1914, in Middletown, Pennsylvania, and earned his BA (1935) at Lebanon Valley College. On April 11, 1939, he was ordained in the United Presbyterian Church of North America,[6] which has since merged and is now known as the Presbyterian Church (USA). The hip preacher, friends with celebrities like Justin Bieber, had led Hillsong’s first US church since its launch a decade ago. [13], In discussing the canon, Metzger identifies three criteria “for acceptance of particular writings as sacred, authoritative, and worthy of being read in services of worship…”, criteria which were “generally adopted during the course of the second century, and were never modified thereafter”, namely, orthodoxy (conformity to the rule of faith), apostolicity, and consensus among the churches. Get the most recent headlines and stories from Christianity Today delivered to your inbox daily. "The Fathers … did not consider inspiration to be a unique characteristic of canonical writings." But then I thought, if I don’t, I will know what those snickers are in the pew behind us at church. Talk:Bruce M. Metzger. Second, ten years later, Dr. Metzger would be the Griffith-Thomas lecturer on the campus of Dallas Seminary (1992). In 1944, Metzger married Isobel Elizabeth Mackay, daughter of the third president of the Seminary, John A. Metzger's commentaries often utilize historical criticism and higher criticism, which attempt to explain the literary and historical origins of the Bible and the biblical canon. The above can be found in almost any tribute. But on the essentials of the faith, it’s hard to take issue with him. He was a scholar of Greek, New Testament, and New Testament textual criticism, and wrote prolifically on these subjects. I am never prepared for any friend’s death, regardless of how old he or she is. In 1994, Bruce Metzger was honoured with the Burkitt Medal for Biblical Studies by the British Academy. New World Translation).' I was curious as to what was in it; bizarre notions flashed through my head. Theology Today 10/1 ... Obviously the self-sacrificing zeal in propagating their beliefs is a challenge to many nominal church members. He said, “This urn contains the ashes of a Revised Standard Version Bible.” Metzger had been on the translation committee for the RSV, and a zealous fundamentalist preacher torched the Bible from the pulpit one Sunday, declaring it the work of the devil. Central to his scholarly contribution to New Testament studies is his trilogy: The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration (1964; 2nd ed., 1968; 3d enlarged ed., 1992); The Early Versions of the New Testament: Their Origin, Transmission, and Limitations (1977); The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance (1987). Author, editor, and translator headed work on RSV, NRSV Bibles. Only a few personal reminiscences. Almost immediately, eulogies came from many quarters. His Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament ... More, the faculty at Princeton Seminary. Metzger, do you know that you have a comb in your hair?”. Q. Already a subscriber? Two years later, I went to Princeton and spent some time with him in his office at the seminary. He was a conservative light at Princeton, borne out of deep convictions that had been tested over several decades. [4] Metzger had strong academic training in Greek before enrolling in Princeton Seminary, and in the summer prior to entering the Seminary, he completed reading through the entire Bible consecutively for the twelfth time. Bruce Manning Metzger (1914–2007) was an American biblical scholar, Bible translator and textual critic who was a longtime professor at Princeton Theological Seminary and Bible editor who served on the board of the American Bible Society and United Bible Societies.He was a scholar of Greek, New Testament, and New Testament textual criticism, and wrote prolifically on these subjects. [dubious – discuss] Metzger says that the early church saw it as very important that a work describing Jesus' life be written by a follower of or an eyewitness to Jesus, and considered other works such as The Shepherd of Hermas and the Epistles of Clement to be inspired but not canonical. So did the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. Jump to navigation Jump to search.

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