I would like to pause in our discussion of the synoptic problem to add my
words of tribute to Raymond E. Brown. Ray was an important biblical scholar
and also a gentleman in the full sense of that word. Ray made many
contributions to New Testament scholarship for which we are all deeply in
his debt. Happily (for me and many others) he also had an ability to listen
seriously to the ideas of others and to encourage them, even when those
ideas were radically different from his own. This is a gift that not
Ray was one of three who directed my Ph.D. thesis (many years ago). His
gracious gift of his time and insight and his friendship through the
decades that followed will always be remembered.
It is well to note the passing of one of the giants of biblical scholarship
in the twentieth century. Both he and his contributions to scholarship will
indeed be greatly missed.
And the child said, "Look! The emperor isn't wearing any clothes."
Dr. Thomas R. W. Longstaff
Crawford Family Professor of Religious Studies
Waterville, ME 04901
Office phone: 207 872-3150
FAX: 207 872-3802