death of Jerome Murphy O'Connor earlier today. Not only was he a fine scholar, but he was also a kind-spirited, sweet-natured and generous human being, who always had time for for people. I was only lucky enough to meet him on a couple of occasions, one time in London as he was exiting an art gallery as I was entering it.
Everyone spoke well of him.
Jerome Murphy O'Connor was a gifted writer, whose prose was always lucid and lively. His scholarly insights were fascinating, even surprising (like his suggestion that Paul's wife died in a house-fire, or that the Galatians may well have had extraordinarily large moustaches).
See also comments from James McGrath, John Byron, Jim Davila, Jim West, James Tabor and many others.
A sad loss for the guild.