RIP Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

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.

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  • That’s very sad to hear. He was a nice man.

  • Robert Orlando


    I am so sorry to hear the news. Not only was he one the most informed Pauline Scholars over the last several decades (a Catholic), but he knew Paul in a way that transcended speculative theology or biblical study, and moved into Paul’s narrative, which showed a deeper level of intimacy with the subject matter. I leaned a lot on his work to create the narrative for my film. We had a few email exchanges, but were unable to work out an interview.

    You can watch him receive his honorary degree from Villanova on this You Tube clip:

    “Now the power that has planned this experience for us is God, and he has given us his Spirit as a guarantee of its truth. This makes us confident, whatever happens. We realise that being “at home” in the body means that to some extent we are “away” from the Lord, for we have to live by trusting him without seeing him. We are so sure of this that we would really rather be “away” from the body (in death) and be “at home” with the Lord. ”
    – 2 Corinthians 5:5-8, Apostle Paul