Friday, November 30, 2018

Death of Paul Ellingworth

From Steve Walton, secretary of the British New Testament Society:

"We have received the sad news of the death of Professor Paul Ellingworth on Sunday last, 25 November from Richard, his second (of three) sons. Professor Ellingworth taught at the University of Aberdeen, and worked with the United Bible Societies as a translation consultant for many years, as well as publishing his major commentary on Hebrews (NIGTC), as well as many other published books, articles and essays."

As Steve Walton points out, Ellingworth was most noted for his commentary on Hebrews in the New Internation Greek Testament Commentary published with Eerdmans in 1993. It is perhaps THE most technical commentary on the Greek text of Hebrews in existence.

Ellingworth also did a couple of other smaller commentaries on Hebrews. In 1983 he published with Eugene Nida A Translator’s Handbook on the Letter to the Hebrews with the United Bible Societies. In 1991 he published a small commentary on Hebrews in the Epworth Commentaries series.

His doctoral dissertation was on “The Old Testament in Hebrews Exegesis, Method and Hermeneutics,” completed in 1977 with the University of Aberdeen.

He also published the following articles on Hebrews:

“Hebrews and 1 Clement: Literary Dependence or Common Tradition?” Biblische Zeitschrift ns 23 (1979): 262–69.

“Hebrews and the Anticipation of Completion.” Themelios ns 14 (1988): 6–11.

“Jesus and the Universe in Hebrews.” The Evangelical Quarterly 58 (1986): 337–50.

“Just Like Melchizedek.” The Bible Translator 28 (1977): 236–39.

“‘Like the Son of God’: Form and Content in Hebrews 7,1–10.” Biblica 64 (1983): 255–62.

“New Testament Text and Old Testament Context in Heb. 12.3.” Studia Biblica 3 (1978): 89–96.

“Reading through Hebrews 1–7: Listening Especially for the Theme of Jesus as High Priest.” Epworth Review 12.1 (Jan 1985): 80–88.

“The Unshakable Priesthood: Hebrews 7.24.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 23 (1985): 125–26.

Clearly, he was one of the most prolific contributors to the scholarly study of Hebrews. I never had the privilege of meeting him. Requiescat in pace.

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