Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Robert H. Smith-In Memoriam

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Robert H. Smith-In Memoriam

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On March 16, 2006, Robert Smith died in his home of complications of leukemia. Bob was an outstanding New Testament scholar and teacher who also edited for many years--and often wrote--Preaching Helps for this journal.

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We last spoke about a month before his death, when he was beginning a new semester of teaching, fully aware that he had only weeks or at most a few months to live. That conversation was Bob at his best: literate, realistic, faith-filled, joyously connected to God and all the rest of us.

Shortly before his death he completed a commentary on John's Gospel: Wounded Lord: Reading John through the Eyes of Thomas. Thomas protested against a Gnostic Jesus and confessed instead that Jesus was fully divine--and fully human. Ours is the ancient temptation to do cosmetic surgery on Christ's body, airbrushing away evidence of his suffering and erasing incarnation. That book must see the light of printer's day. …

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