Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Tribute to Charles Kingsley Barrett

The well-known New Testament exegete C.K. Barrett passed away on August 20th, 2011. He was born on May 4th, 1917 in Manchester. After completion of his doctorate in Cambridge, he was appointed lecturer (1945) and subsequently professor (1958) of Divinity at Durham University, where his spent most of his working life.

Barrett was a highly renowned scholar in the field of the interpretation of the letters of Paul and the Gospel of John. He was a person of outstanding knowledge of the history and languages of Mediterranean at the time of the New Testament. His scholarship attained international prominence. Pope Benedict XVI expressed his appreciation for Barrett’s work in his book: Jesus of Nazareth.

Barrett was a Methodist minister since 1944. His student and friends say that his scientific work and Christian ministry were welded together into a harmonious unity.

From among his numerous publications we highlight the following:
A Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, London 1957.
From First Adam to Last: A Study in Pauline Theology, London 1962.
The Gospel According to St. John: An Introduction with Commentary and Notes on the Greek Text, London 1965.
A Commentary on the Second Epistle to the Corinthians, London 1973.
The Gospel of John And Judaism, London1975.
A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, London 1994.
Jesus and the Word and Other Essays, Princeton, NJ 1995.
Paul: An Introduction to His Thought, London 1996.

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