Graham Stanton

Stanton The world of New Testament scholarship has lost another of its key figures in Graham Stanton who died last week after a long illness (thanks to Mark and Mike for the news).  I never really knew Professor Stanton, although somewhere I still have a letter from him after I had made an enquiry about postgraduate study at King's College.  For me his outstanding works are the collected essays on Matthew in A Gospel for a New People and those gathered in the more recent Jesus and Gospel.  The opening essay in the latter volume is the best available treatment of the background and usage of εὐαγγέλιον in the New Testament.  He was working on the Galatians commentary for the ICC series, and we will have to wait to see whether that volume can be issued under his name.  Professor Stanton was also instrumental in establishing the British New Testament Society (formerly Conference) along with Jimmy Dunn.  He always struck me as an incredibly humble and kind man, whose scholarship (as with many of his predecessors in the Lady Margaret Chair at Cambridge) was best expressed in careful and judicious essays that will still be consulted in generations to come.