I just learned that New Testament scholar Jerome Murphy-O’Connor has passed away. He was a remarkably insightful scholar, capable of being very traditional and/or very creative in trying to make the best possible sense of the evidence. Those who have traveled to the Holy Land will or should know his The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide (which I quoted on the blog in the past). His consideration of the topography of the setting of Jesus’ arrest continues to inspire and provoke my thinking on the subject.
UPDATE: Here is a link to his online CV, which will impress even those who already knew he was an extremely productive and active scholar and educator.