With the Society of Jesus and the Boston College community, we mourn the passing of Daniel J. Harrington, S.J. who, at the age of 73, lost his battle with cancer on February 7, 2014. An active member of CBA since 1970, Dan served as the CBA President (1985-86) and more recently as the Chair of the CBA Board of Trustees (2009-2013).
Dan entered the Society of Jesus in 1958. While in the juniorate, he was encouraged to study Scripture and was tutored in Hebrew by Fr. John J. Collins, S.J., then editor of New Testament Abstracts.
While studying Ancient Near Eastern languages at Harvard, Dan worked with Professor John Strugnell. Dan was ordained in 1971. The following year he joined the faculty of Weston Jesuit School of Theology (currently Boston College School of Theology and Ministry) and became editor of New Testament Abstracts, a role he held until his death. The author of over 60 books, Dan also wrote “The Word” column for America magazine for three years.
In November 2013, Dan announced that 2013-14 was to be his final year of teaching. Rev. James Martin, SJ, in a tribute, presented Dan as “Clear, patient, kind. Generous, friendly, mild. Prayerful, faithful, hardworking. The model Jesuit, to my mind.”
May Dan rest in peace and rise in glory with the saints at the coming of our Lord.
[CREDITS: The above article was adapted from the Province News of the Jesuits' New England Province, http://news.sjnen.org/2014/02/fr-daniel-j-harrington-s-j-memoriam/, and a tribute in America magazine.
Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, O.P. - Nov. 11, 2013
Please pray for the repose of Rev. Dr. Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, O.P., who died in Jerusalem on Nov. 11, 2013 at the age of 78.
A CBA member since 1966, Fr. Jerome served on the Editorial Board of Catholic Biblical Quarterly from 1997 to 2004 and wrote several articles for the journal. He was a leading authority on St. Paul, a Professor of New Testament at the École Biblique in Jerusalem, and a cousin to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor.
Born on 10 April 1935 to Kerry Murphy-O'Connor and Mary McCrohan, Fr. Jerome was the eldest of four children. He attended the Christian Brothers College in Cork, going on to study at the Vincentian-run Castleknock College in Dublin. He entered the Dominican Novitiate in Cork in September 1953, giving up his baptismal name 'James' and to take a new name in religion, 'Jerome', a symbol of his commitment to his faith. Bearing in mind his future career, this was an apt choice, as Jerome is the patron saint of biblical studies.
Fr. Jerome was ordained priest in July 1960. At the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, the core of his scholarly life emerged. His first serious study as a lecturer was on the theme of Preaching in St. Paul, which he later developed into a doctoral thesis under the direction of the Dominican biblical scholar, Ceslas Spicq. He received his Doctorate in 1962, and studied in Rome in 1963. He also researched the Dead Sea Scrolls at the University of Heidelberg, and New Testament theology at the University of Tübingen. From there he went to the École Biblique in Jerusalem, which was to become his religious, scholarly, and personal home for the next 40 years.
The École Biblique, founded in 1890 by French Dominican scholars, was an internationally renowned centre for Biblical studies and Biblical archaeology. Fr. Jerome was appointed Professor of New Testament there in 1967. Oxford University Press invited him to write an archaeological guide to the Holy Land which was published in 1980. This was translated into several languages with a revised edition in 1986, and has become the standard guide-book. Murphy-O'Connor lectured around the world and made numerous television appearances.Read more: Recently Deceased Members
A Spanish-English lectio divina manual is being developed by the Vatican Publishing House in collaboration with the American Bible Society and the vicar general of the Diocese of Mar del Plata, Argentina.
For more information, see the 10/31/13 CNS News Brief.
Italian Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini died on August 31, 2012, at the age of 85 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Cardinal Martini was a renowned biblical scholar, a prolific author, former professor and rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and former archbishop of Milan, Italy.
He made church teachings accessible to the public through his frequent columns in an Italian newspaper and in Sunday afternoon dialogues with young people at the cathedral in Milan.
A writer and biblical scholar known for his warm, pastoral style, Cardinal Martini was long considered a papal candidate in the last conclave.
In a telegram to Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan, Pope Benedict praised Cardinal Martini’s generous service to the Gospel and the church and his “intense apostolic work” as a Jesuit, a professor and “authoritative biblicist.”
As archbishop of Milan, the pope said, Cardinal Martini helped open for the church community “the treasures of the sacred Scriptures.”Read more: In Memoriam: Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, S.J.
CBA Encomium – by Prof. Amy-Jill Levine – July 29, 2012
(not for citation without permission, and absolution)
John Clabeaux has asked me to address the topic, “what is great and worthwhile about the CBA?” Were all the excellent things this organization does to be recorded, “I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” But John, that is, Clabeaux, not the other one, allotted me 15 minutes.
I am tasked with preparing an encomium, which is, inter alia, the eighth exercise in the progymnasmata series. Of course, the idea of anything pro-gym or dealing with exercise is antithetical to me – I get my exercise by schlepping my laptop to my office, running down sources, and making leaps of faith. The only vault I find of interest is the unopened one in the basement of the Catholic University building that houses the CBA office. But, I shall take the “when in Rome…” approach and adapt this talk to the encomium form.Read more: Encomium on the CBA's 75th Anniversary