Abraham Malherbe, the Buckingham Professor Emeritus of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School, passed away last Friday, apparently from a sudden heart attack. Malherbe was 82 years old and is survived by his wife, Phyllis.
Malherbe was a trailblazer for scholarship within the churches of Christ, and I had the opportunity to meet him and Phyllis both here in New Haven and elsewhere; they were consistently kind, welcoming, and warm. I am happy to have met and been in the presence of Malherbe, who indirectly made it possible for someone like me both to seek and to achieve a degree and a career in the theological academy. I'm also happy to have heard him speak: the self-described "professional festschrift writer" was quite the orator, and exactly as gregarious and wry as his reputation suggested. He was one of a kind, and it is a gift to us all that his gifts were recognized and afforded time and space to enrich others, in the academy as well as in the church.
Read further reflections and remembrances from Yale, ACU, and a former student. Blessings on his family in this sad time.