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Reminiscences of an Octogenarian [Hardcover]

By Bruce Manning Metzger (Author)
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Bruce Manning Metzger's memoirs trace his life from his childhood in the Pennsylvania Dutch country and his student years at Princeton through his distinguished career of teaching, writing, lecturing, and editing. Professor Metzger's work has won him the gratitude of both biblical scholars and the larger Bible-reading public. His text-critical work on the New Testament is reflected in the standard Greek text now used and appreciated by scholars worldwide. His efforts on the Revised Standard and New Revised Standard versions of the Bible helped produce the readable, accurate English translations used for study and devotion by so many. His work on The Reader's Digest Bible and The Oxford Companion to the Bible has made the Bible more accessible for an untold number of readers. In these memoirs, Professor Metzger's own words put a human face on his monumental scholarly achievements. The wide array of stories and vignettes_from Senator Joseph McCarthy's attack on RSV committee members and Metzger's audiences with the pope to the time Professor Metzger and other members of the NRSV committee had to crawl out of a library window to get to their dinner_offer the reader a personal insight into some of the twentieth century's crucial developments in the text and translation of the Bible.

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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 5.76" Height: 0.88"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 1997
Publisher   Hendrickson Publishers
ISBN  1565632648  
ISBN13  9781565632646  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bruce M. Metzger is the George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary. A past president of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, he has made valuable contributions to the areas of textual criticism, philology, paleography, and translation.

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Loved It  Dec 5, 2007
There is a lot of truth in the above criticism. But, Metzger the human being is fleshed out many times in the book. Sure, it is not a psychological or spiritual manifesto, but I did feel I was acquainted with Bruce Manning Metzger by the end. His humility and integrity shine forth from every page. I thank God for him.
Good, could have been much better  Mar 18, 2003
I was hoping this book may give some insight into Metzger the person and Metzger the spiritual being. Instead it is a set of experiences related to his life as a scholar, which is very interesting reading in its own right and I recommend the book on that basis, but don't expect much insight into Metzger's inner self, apparently he can't even ditch his scholars cap when talking about himself!
Fascinating  Mar 16, 2001
Most octogenarians have reminiscences, but very few are as interesting as these! The exacting memory and precise eye for detail which made Metzger the dean of thsi century's textula critics also makes him an ideal figure for mining his wealth of experience. This memoir goes from his Pennsylvania boyhood to the ivy league halls of Princeton Theological Seminary, where Metzger spent more than 50 years as a student and professor. He gives us a candid insider's view of the great Biblical translation issues of this century. A good read.

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