C.K. Barrett Passes On

This came through on the Facebook feed of James Dunn this morning: "Hi everyone. You will be saddened to hear that Kingsley Barrett, my predecessor, died last night (6.30 pm, 26.08.11) - aged 94. He was the greatest UK commentator on NT texts since J. B. Lightfoot, and much loved by a wide range of Methodist chapels to which he ministered for about 60 years. He will be much missed, but his commentaries will live on for many years, providing information and insight to future generations of students of the NT." Though I never met Barrett, indirectly, he has had a profound influence on my life through Ben Witherington, my doctoral supervisor. I've heard Witherington say numerous times that we all stand up on the shoulders of the exegetes who came before us. Certainly, there are many of us who stand on Barrett's shoulders and are grateful for this scholar's life and work. Requiescat in pace.

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