Date: Tue, 02 Jan 2001 11:51:31 -0500
From: "Robert Derrenbacker" <rderrenbacker@...
Subject: Re: [Synoptic-L] In Memoriam - William R. Farmer
I had the great privilege of meeting Prof. Farmer in Leuven, Belgium
during the summer of 1998 and participating with him in the Synoptic
Problem Seminar at the SNTS in Copenhagen that same summer. I found Bill =
to be an extremely cordial man, an easy person to talk with, and one whose
understanding of the history of Synoptic source-critical discussion
second-to-none. The highlight of my time in Copenhagen was a dinner with
Bill, his wife Nell, and David Peabody. We spent the evening discussing a
variety of issues in Gospels study, and I quickly realized that I, as an
advocate of the 2DH, had much more in common with Bill than not. I will
miss Bill and the vigor he added to Synoptic source-critical debates. I
pass on my condolences to his wife and family, and to those colleagues who
were extremely close to him.
Associate Dean and Professor of New Testament
Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, Canada
>>> "Thomas R. W. Longstaff" <tlongst@...> - 12/31/00 9:36 AM >>>
With sadness we mark end of an era of New Testament Studies.
Yesterday afternoon (December 30), following a prolonged battle with
cancer, William R. Farmer died in Dallas, Texas.
Bill will be remembered by most people for his contributions to=20
gospel studies, and especially his work on the synoptic problem.
Those who knew him well will also remember his lifelong commitment
to social justice and his courageous stand, especially with people of
color, in their struggle for equality.
Our thoughts and prayers will help to support Bill's wife Nell and his
children in their loss.
While there is much more to be said about Bill's life and work, it
seemed to me appropriate to share this sad news with members of
Dr. Thomas R. W. Longstaff
Crawford Family Professor
Department of Religious Studies
4643 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8846
Tel: (207) 872-3150
FAX: (207) 872-3802
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