Epistles of Thomas

January 1, 2008

Year in Review

Filed under: Uncategorized — Thomas @ 14:17

This is the time of year when everyone is reflecting on the events of 2007 and forecasting what is to come in 2008. In this Year in Review I want to mention a few prominent Christians who died in 2007. I was going to limit it to Christian scholars but decided that I must include several others so it is a general list instead.

January 8
Mark Adam Elliott
Rev. Dr. Mark Elliott ministered at the Frank Street Baptist Church in Wiarton, ON from 1996 until 2006 when he was diagnosed with cancer. Relatively unknown in the scholarly community his dissertation was published by Eerdmans in 2000 as The Survivors of Israel: A Reconsideration of the Theology of Pre-Christian Judaism. For a review see the Paul Page.

February 13, 2007
Bruce Manning Metzger

Need I say more?

February 22, 2007
Paul S. Minear

Dr. Minear was a prolific NT scholar, publishing over 25 books and 150 articles. He also participated in the NRSV translation.

March 8, 2007
Herman Nicolaas Ridderbos

Dutch scholar Dr. Ridderbos was another prolific NT scholar and a developer of the redemptive-historical approach to Biblical theology, promulgated by Westminster Theological Seminary.

March 11, 2007
Paul G. Hiebert

Missionary statesman Paul Hiebert died from cancer in March. He was the author of ten books and 150 articles and was a noted speaker. His Anthropological Insights for Missionaries (Baker 1985) is still a best seller 20 years later.

April 4, 2007
Reginald Horace Fuller

Dr. Fuller was an eminent Anglican NT scholar known for his work in Christology and for his translation of numerous German books into English.

April 7, 2007
Johnny Hart

Cartoonist Johnny Hart, creator of the prehistoric comic strip B.C. and co-creator of Wizard of Id, died at his storyboard according to his wife Bobby. Not afraid of controversy his cartoons often included a religious theme.

June 14, 2007
Ruth Bell Graham

Need I say more?

June 16, 2007
Michael Patrick O’Connor

Catholic University of America scholar O’Connor is best known among Evangelicals for coauthoring Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax with Bruce K. Waltke of Regent College (Eisenbrauns, 1990). He died of liver cancer.

June 23, 2007
Brevard Springs Childs

A prominent OT scholar, Childs is best known for his canonical approach to the Bible.

July 12, 2007
Letty Mandeville Russell

Russell, was a prominent feminist theologians and professor at Yale Divinity School.

September 6, 2007
Madeleine L’Engle Camp Franklin

L’Engle was the author of over 60 books, most famously the Wrinkle in Time series. Her universalist theological position got her in trouble among some Evangelicals.

October 1, 2007
Charles Francis Digby Moule

Reverend Professor CFD Moule, was another leading NT scholars, teaching at Cambridge from 1951 to 1976.

December 2, 2007
Thomas F. Torrance

Torrance was a prominent British theologian who edited the English translation of Barth’s Church Dogmatics and founded the Scottish Journal of Theology.

I know there are many others that I could have included on this list but space and time prevents me from writing more about these folks or adding other. If you want to being anyone else to me attention please leave a comment.


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