Friday, July 3, 2009

German New Testament Scholar Martin Hengel Dies at 82

The world of New Testament scholarship has suffered a great loss today. I've just read that Martin Hengel died today. He was 82 years old. It is fair to say that when Hengel spoke people listened--liberals and conservatives alike. Darrell Bock gave credit to Hengel in the development of his commentary on Acts in the Baker Exegetical Commentary Series. He said, "Doctor Martin Hengel of the University of Tubingen hosted me on a 2004-5 Humboldt Stiftung scholarship, which allowed me to complete this work. It was my third opportunity to spend a year in a place that has become a second Heimat. Our numerous conversations about the early church and its history, held in his home provided a wealth of insight and wisdom for which I am grateful." (Author's Preface) His legacy will live on not only in his own works but as we can see from Bock from those who had the pleasure to benefit more closely from him. Rightly Dividing has some helpful links on some of his works and online articles.

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