—Princeton Seminary Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Dr. Bruce Metzger’s Birth with Special Public Lecture April 22, given by Dr. Michael Holmes, professor at Bethel University and former student of Metzger’s—

Princeton, NJ, April 3, 2014–Dr. Bruce Metzger, who was a beloved teacher, mentor, and friend of generations of Princeton Theological Seminary students, will be remembered in a lecture at 7:00 p.m. on April 22 honoring the 100th anniversary of his birth. Metzger was a member of the Seminary faculty from 1940 to 1984, and from 1964 to his retirement was the George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature. He was one of the preeminent New Testament critics and biblical translators of the twentieth century.

michael holmesThe lecture will take place in the Daniel J. Theron Assembly Room in the Princeton Theological Seminary library, at the corner of Mercer Street and Library Place in Princeton. It is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

“A Centennial Tribute to Dr. Bruce Metzger: Remembering His Achievements, Influence, and Legacy,” will be given by Dr. Michael Holmes, the University Professor of Biblical Studies and Early Christianity at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a former Ph.D. student of Metzger’s.

Holmes will present an overview of Metzger’s academic career and achievements, focusing primarily on his significant work with the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. “Dr. Metzger was arguably the greatest textual specialist and biblical translator America has produced,” Holmes says. “He is warmly remembered by many for his character, his courtesy and grace, and his genuine interest in his students and his encouragement of younger colleagues.”

metzger lectureMetzger became one of the Seminary’s greatest intellectual treasures, a meticulous scholar of the manuscripts and texts of the New Testament. He was known internationally for his work in Bible translation and the history of the Bible’s versions and canonization. He served as chair of the Committee on Translation of the American Bible Society and as chair of the Committee on Translators for the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible, whose influence extends broadly into English-speaking churches and schools throughout the world.  

The impact of Metzger’s work was incalculable. He understood the importance of biblical translation for ecumenical dialogue, and believed that having recourse to a common biblical text was an instrument of Christian unity. In 1993 he presented a copy of the NRSV, Catholic Edition, to Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

Because of his passionate care about the Bible, he became the general editor of the Reader’s Digest Condensed Bible in 1982. He lectured throughout the nation and the world at churches and universities where his former students ministered and taught. Until his death in 2007 he used the Seminary library regularly and delighted in greeting students in his daily walks across the campus.

For more information about the lecture, call 609.497.7760.

Princeton Theological Seminary, founded in 1812, is the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Its mission is to educate leaders for the church of Jesus Christ worldwide, and its more than 500 students and 11,000 graduates from all fifty states and many nations around the world serve Christ in churches, schools and universities, healthcare institutions, nonprofit agencies, initiatives for social justice, mission agencies, and the emerging ministries of the church in the twenty-first century.