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Reminiscences of an Octogenarian by Bruce M.…

Reminiscences of an Octogenarian

by Bruce M. Metzger

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A surprisingly breezy account given the reputation of its author. Some of the work has been gone over by later authors (e.g. Ehrman) so feels less original than it did at the time. ( )
  jontseng | Apr 12, 2008 |
I bought this book before I knew that BMM had died, but received the volume the week of his death. BMM opens his autobiography with an apology for the use of the first person pronoun by the author, but excusing himself by saying there is no other way to refer to himself. BMM cannot tell about himself without sounding bragadocious, but it is not bragging, is it, if the statements are true and are presented humbly. His praise for his wife of more than 60 years is worthy of a humble man who knows his own limitations. Personable and warm, BMM writes his life story personably and familiarly, the book reads like one is listening to a life long friend recounting the Reminiscences of an Octogenarian.

I have completed the book now. BMM admits to a couple of character flaws; he failed to tell truth to power, and he accomodated when he should have stood his ground in translation. This great scholar will be sorely missed. ( )
  temsmail | Feb 22, 2007 |
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Bruce Manning Metzger's memoirs trace his life from his childhood in the Pennsylvania Dutch country and his student years at Princeton through his distinguished career of teaching, writing, lecturing, and editing. Professor Metzger's work has won him the gratitude of both biblical scholars and the larger Bible-reading public. His text-critical work on the New Testament is reflected in the standard Greek text now used and appreciated by scholars worldwide. His efforts on the Revised Standard and New Revised Standard versions of the Bible helped produce the readable, accurate English translations used for study and devotion by so many. His work on "The Reader's Digest Bible" and "The Oxford Companion to the Bible" has made the Bible more accessible for an untold number of readers.In these memoirs, Professor Metzger's own words put a human face on his monumental scholarly achievements. The wide array of stories and vignettes" from Senator Joseph McCarthy's attack on RSV committee members and Metzger's audiences with the pope to the time Professor Metzger and other members of the NRSV committee had to crawl out of a library window to get to their dinner" offer the reader a personal insight into some of the twentieth century's crucial developments in the text and translation of the Bible.… (more)

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