Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Dr. Bruce Metzger’s Birth with Special
Public Lecture April 22, given by Dr. Michael Holmes, professor at Bethel
University and former student of Metzger’s—
NJ, April 3, 2014–Dr. Bruce Metzger, who was a beloved teacher,
mentor, and friend of generations of Princeton Theological Seminary students,
will be remembered in a lecture at 7:00 p.m. on April 22 honoring the 100th
anniversary of his birth. Metzger was a member of the Seminary faculty from
1940 to 1984, and from 1964 to his retirement was the George L. Collord
Professor of New Testament Language and Literature. He was one of the
preeminent New Testament critics and biblical translators of the twentieth
The lecture will take place
in the Daniel J. Theron Assembly Room in the Princeton Theological Seminary library,
at the corner of Mercer Street and Library Place in Princeton. It is free and
open to the public. A reception will follow.
“A Centennial Tribute to Dr.
Bruce Metzger: Remembering His Achievements, Influence, and Legacy,” will be
given by Dr. Michael Holmes, the University Professor of Biblical Studies and
Early Christianity at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a former
Ph.D. student of Metzger’s.
Holmes will present an
overview of Metzger’s academic career and achievements, focusing primarily on
his significant work with the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. “Dr.
Metzger was arguably the greatest textual specialist and biblical translator
America has produced,” Holmes says. “He is warmly remembered by many for his
character, his courtesy and grace, and his genuine interest in his students and
his encouragement of younger colleagues.”
Metzger became one of the
Seminary’s greatest intellectual treasures, a meticulous scholar of the
manuscripts and texts of the New Testament. He was known internationally for
his work in Bible translation and the history of the Bible’s versions and
canonization. He served as chair of the Committee on Translation of the
American Bible Society and as chair of the Committee on Translators for the New
Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible, whose influence extends broadly
into English-speaking churches and schools throughout the world.
The impact of Metzger’s work
was incalculable. He understood the importance of biblical translation for
ecumenical dialogue, and believed that having recourse to a common biblical
text was an instrument of Christian unity. In 1993 he presented a copy of the
NRSV, Catholic Edition, to Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
Because of his passionate
care about the Bible, he became the general editor of the Reader’s Digest Condensed Bible in 1982. He lectured throughout the
nation and the world at churches and universities where his former students
ministered and taught. Until his death in 2007 he used the Seminary library
regularly and delighted in greeting students in his daily walks across the
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