Friday, March 16, 2018

As Dr. Meg Warner and the Rev. Dr. Richard Burridge packed their bags to depart from the campus, it was interesting to learn from them the aspects of Seminary life that they had enjoyed most. For Meg, it was the teaching and space to progress a book on Joseph. For Richard, it was the writing. He had nothing but praise for the quality of the library. "It is just outstanding", he said to me more than once.

Dr. Burridge's thesis about the genre of the Gospel has largely persuaded the academy. He argued that the correct way to read the Gospel is as Graeco-Roman biography. As he worked on various projects around the issue of genre, he was looking at every commentary published after the year 2000. On one particular day in the library, he was checking out 32 commentaries on Mark's Gospel. Each one was published after 2000 and had his name in the index. One student met him at the check out desk. After observing that "oh that was where the book I wanted was", he seized the opportunity to shake Dr. Burridge by the hand. Anyone cited in that many commentaries deserves appropriate recognition.

Every user of our library says the same thing. Our library is simply outstanding. The books are there on the shelves. This is skillful and difficult work. So thank you to the team in the library. You are a great gift to this place.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President

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