Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Dr J. I. H. McDonald (1933-2004)

This sad news from Larry Hurtado:
With sadness, I report that my beloved colleague, Dr. J. I. H. McDonald (1933-2004), died peacefully early on 24th May, after a difficult battle with cancer over the last year or so. His funeral service was held in Edinburgh 28 May. He retired several years ago as Reader in New Testament Studies and Christian Ethics, and continued actively in scholarly work, having been appointed as an Honourary Fellow of the School of Divinity. In more recent years until his illness was diagnosed last year, he served as Editor of Expository Times, leading it through a major re-design, and steering this well-known publication through the changeover from the Edinburgh-based T&T Clark to the London-based Continuum Group.

Ian's book-length contributions in New Testament studies and Christian ethics are widely known and cited:

Jesus and the Ethics of the Kingdom, co-authored with Bruce Chilton (SPCK, 1987)
The Resurrection: Narrative and Belief (SPCK, 1989)
Biblical Interpretation and Christian Ethics (CUP, 1993)
Christian Values: Theory and Practice in Christian Ethics (T&T Clark, 1995)
The Crucible of Christian Morality (Routledge, 1998)

He was a regular attender at meetings of the SNTS, and will be known and missed by many colleagues internationally. Those of us privileged to have worked with him will particularly miss this genial, informed, thoughtful, and dependable colleague. He leaves his wife, Jenny.

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