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[Synoptic-L] Professor John O'Neill

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  • D Mealand
    Comments: . . The following appreciation of Prof. John O Neill was sent out today by Prof. S.J.Brown, Head of the School of Divinity at the University of
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 31, 2003
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      The following appreciation of Prof. John O'Neill was sent out
      today by Prof. S.J.Brown, Head of the School of Divinity at
      the University of Edinburgh


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      >From S.J.Brown@... Mon Mar 31 10:55:00 2003
      Mon, 31 Mar 2003 10:54:55 +0100 (BST)
      From: "PROF S. J. BROWN" <S.J.Brown@...>
      Organization:Divinity

      Subject: Professor John O'Neill

      Dear Colleagues

      You will be saddened to learn that John O'Neill, Professor Emeritus
      of New Testament Language, Literature and Theology, died
      peacefully early on Sunday, 30 March.

      John served the University of Edinburgh with great commitment
      from 1985 to 1996, after years of teaching and research at
      Cambridge. He embraced an impressive breadth of scholarly
      interests, and his publications ranged widely in New Testament
      studies and Church History. His major publication during his
      Edinburgh years was probably _The Bible's Authority: A Portrait
      Gallery of Thinkers from Lessing to Bultmann_ (1991), an elegantly
      written collection of essays on German biblical scholarship that
      combined his New Testament and historical scholarship.

      As a colleague, he was a man of profound Christian commitment,
      deep integrity and abiding humanity. He was a gentleman in the
      best sense of the term, a man whose constant concern was for the
      well-being of others, and who radiated a quiet warmth to all whose
      lives he touched. He served as member of the New College
      Senate, as Convener of our Visiting Lectureships Committee, and
      as member of a number of Faculty committees. He was also
      highly respected for his service on several senior University
      committees. Perhaps his greatest contributions, however, were
      as Curator of the New College Library and Convener of the New
      College Library Committee. He loved the library and worked hard
      to preserve and enhance its collection.

      John is survived by his wife, Judith, and their three daughters. Our
      thoughts and prayers are with them.

      We understand that the funeral will be held on Tuesday, 8 April, at
      Greyfriar's Church, but further information will follow.

      Yours

      S Jay Brown
      Head of the School of Divinity

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