Bruce Metzger Dies
Posted by Kevin Barney on February 16, 2007
Bruce Metzger, the prominent New Testament scholar, has died. He was 93.
Metzger’s classic The Text of the New Testament was my first introduction to the field of textual criticism. I have fond memories of sitting in the soft chairs of the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU and reading that volume, not for any class, but simply because I was interested in the subject.
I have also had many occasions to use his textual commentary to the Greek New Testament, which is a companion volume to the United Bible Societies’ publication of the Greek New Testament.
For those who are not familiar with him, here are the basic obit details:
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.
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.
So here’s a tip o’ the hat to the late Professor Metzger.