The Passing of C.K. Barrett

My doctoral supervisor, James D.G. Dunn, posted this on FB:

Hi everyone. You will be saddened to hear that Kingsley Barrett, my predecessor, died last night (6.30 pm, 26.08.11) – aged 94. He was the greatest UK commentator on NT texts since J. B. Lightfoot, and much loved by a wide range of Methodist chapels to which he ministered for about 60 years. He will be much missed, but his commentaries will live on for many years, providing information and insight to future generations of students of the NT.

Barrett was a Titan among NT scholars, and not one tempted to the newest trends or methods. He stuck to the texts, he carried on with determined courage, and he produced for us some commentaries — on John and 1-2 Corinthians in particular — that will be used for generations.

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  • Where is Dunn FB page? I could not find it.

  • It is fun to read the snippets of memories of Barrett, not least Witherington’s. There is a remarkable consistency of a humble, kind man with the heart of Christ.

  • Bill Victor

    Barrett’s commentary on John was constantly in someone’s carrel during my PhD days. When I found one in a Half Price Books store, I immediately snapped it up.

  • Robert

    Barrett’s commentary on John was the first I bought when I realised I needed a set of academic commentaries. After twenty years, I’m still using it.

  • I have always found his Corinthian Commentaries among the best and most helpful. His legacy continues.

  • TJJ

    When I am working through the Gospel of John for teaching or personal study, his commentary is ever by my side. I have marked it up extensively, and read again and again.

  • John W. Frye

    We also read Barrett’s commentaries on the Corinthians letters in seminary. I still have and use them.

  • Tony Springer

    Barrett’s NT Backgrounds was a classic for me studying the Jewish, Greek, and Roman worlds. Great selection of texts.

  • Jack Daniels

    Barrett’s commentary on Romans in one hand, the Greek NT in the other, and you’ve got a wonderful semester’s worth of work.

    God bless Barrett!