Bible scholar–translator Bruce Metzger dies

Was general editor for the NRSV
Bruce Metzger, a preeminent New Testament translator and textual critic, died February 13 at his Princeton, New Jersey, home at age 93.

The professor emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he taught for 46 years, was termed the “greatest American scholar” in his field in the 20th century by Iain Torrance, president of the seminary.

Metzger was a member of the Revised Standard Version translation team that drew heavy criticisms from theological conservatives when the RSV was published in the post–World War II years. In contrast to the King James Version, the RSV drew on an older and wider range of manuscripts and avoided antiquated English.

 

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