Swedish Theological Institute, Jerusalem, built by Conrad Schick — , a German architect, archaeologist and Protestant missionary who settled in Jerusalem in the mid-nineteenth century. I felt privileged as a Messianic Jew to be in a room named after this giant of New Testament studies on Paul, who argued for a new understanding of the Pharisee from Tarsus who kept Torah and lived as a Jew. I wondered what he would have made of the modern Messianic movement. Here is a tribute by Franklin Sherman to this wise scholar, ecumenist and man of God.
Robert A. Kraft
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Robert A. In he completed his Ph. From to , he was an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Manchester in England, and in Kraft came to the Department of Religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was made full professor in and Berg Chair in Kraft was also a visiting lecturer at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in He is also a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and served as its president in In his scholarship, Kraft has made contributions to study of the Apostolic Fathers , particularly the Epistle of Barnabas , as well as the history and literatures of Judaism in the Greco-Roman Period, particularly the Septuagint LXX and Old Greek OG translations and their textual histories, and also Philo of Alexandria and his world. Kraft has also produced significant work in manuscript studies including Coptic texts , on so-called "Jewish Christianity" in antiquity, on the pseudepigrapha and on the Christian transmission of ancient Jewish writings.
He also served as professor and professor emeritus at Harvard Divinity School. Stendahl received his doctorate in New Testament studies from Uppsala University with his dissertation The school of St. Matthew and its use of the Old Testament He was later Professor at the Divinity School at Harvard University , where he also served as dean, before being elected Bishop of Stockholm in