On Sun, 31 Dec 2000, Jeffrey B. Gibson wrote:
> I'm forwarding a Synoptic-L message that I know will be of interest to
> many XTalkers.
Thank you Jeffrey; this is sad news indeed. For what it's
worth, I remember meeting Professor Farmer about 3 years ago
-- I had just finshed my Ph.D. and moved to New York, and
Kloppenborg was in town for a synoptic problem conference,
and I went up to the conference site to have lunch with him.
We walked into the lunch room, and there was a
gentle-looking elderly man sitting by himself at a table,
and we went to join him. Kloppenborg introduced me to him as
Bill Farmer. As a Q person, of course, I had always rearded
Farmer to be the devil incarnate, and so was utterly shocked
to be having lunch with this man -- and he had no horns OR
pointed tail! I couldn't believe it. Over lunch he
solicitously asked me about my thesis, which was on Q, and
discussed my interests and arguments, all the while acting
like this was a perfectly reasonable and interesting thing
to do -- working on a text Farmer himself had devoted much
of his scholarship to debunking! I always appreciated his
major book on the synoptic problem (while disagreeing with
much of it, of course), but was even more impressed at what
a kind, generous, and civil human being he was. This is
indeed a sad moment for the the field.
William E. Arnal e-mail: wea1@...
Religious Studies/Classics New York University