Yale's Brevard Childs, biblical scholar, dies

Achieved Yale's highest academic rank
Brevard S. Childs, 83, an influential Old Testament scholar who was known for his work in biblical theology and taught at Yale Divinity School for 41 years, died June 23 in New Haven, Connecticut. He died of complications from injuries sustained in a fall at his home.

While at Yale from 1958 to 1999, Childs shaped several generations of students. One measure of his talents in the classroom was Yale’s decision in 1992 to name him a Sterling professor, the highest academic rank awarded by the university.

Childs continued writing after retirement, publishing in 2004 The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture. Shortly before his death, Childs completed a manuscript analyzing Paul’s letters; the book is set for publication this winter. At least eight of his books were published in three languages.


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