Bruce Metzger

Bruce Metzger, a prominent professor of Biblical Criticism at Princeton, died last week. I was generally familiar with him, but I haven’t read a lot of his work. However, this quote was particularly pleasing:

On another occasion, one of our more charismatic ‘scholars’ took issue with one of Dr. Metzger’s interpretations of several verses in the book of Revelation. She proceeded to share the interpretation she had received by ‘the gift of the Holy Spirit’ while she was praying over that Scripture the night before. Some students began to giggle. But Dr. Metzger thanked the young woman for sharing her interpretation and noted that he placed great faith in the ability of the Holy Spirit to assist us whenever we interpreted Scripture. He stated further that he, himself, never approached the study of the Bible in any language apart from prayer and the invocation of the Spirit. And then class continued.

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