Sad News: Krister Stendahl

Notification has come from Harvard Divinity School of the death of the renowned NT scholar Krister Stendahl:

To the HDS community–

It is with immense sadness, but also with
immense thankfulness for a singular life wonderfully well-lived, that I
write to inform you that Krister Stendahl,
our beloved friend, teacher, colleague, and former Dean, died this
morning. A funeral service is planned for Friday morning at University
Lutheran Church, and a memorial service to be held at Harvard’s
Memorial Church is being planned for sometime in May. Details on that
University event and on other chances to recall, celebrate, and honor
Krister will be communicated as soon as we know them, by email as well
as on the HDS website. Please keep all of the Stendahl family in your
thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
William A. Graham,
Dean

This is sad news.  Attention has rightly focussed on Stendahl’s contribution to Pauline studies via the essay on ‘Paul and the Introspective Conscience of the West’, but he made many, many other contributions to the guild and in particular was key to the reassessment of the ways in which NT scholarship portrayed 2nd Temple Judaism – a fitting legacy for a true teacher of the church.  May he rest in peace.