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Remembering Larry Hurtado, Leading Researcher of Early Christian Worship – Frank Almonte

Remembering Larry Hurtado, Leading Researcher of Early Christian Worship

The Edinburgh New Testament professor modeled faithful scholarship with his work on historic devotion to Jesus.

I went to Larry Hurtado’s office at the University of Edinburgh immediately after I defended my doctoral dissertation. There he was—a scholarly giant, a celebrity in our world—chatting with my husband and nervously bouncing my baby boy on his knee. That’s how Larry was. Hospitable. Approachable. And committed to service, with both his life and his scholarship.

Larry died of cancer on Monday at the age of 75. He was a remarkable New Testament scholar, and he was my mentor, PhD supervisor, and friend.

Larry’s impact on biblical scholarship was far-reaching. He started his academic career at Regent College, in Vancouver, British Columbia, before moving to the University of Winnipeg. He was appointed Professor of New Testament Language, Literature, and Theology at the University of Edinburgh in 1996 and established the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins there, focusing on the first three centuries of Christianity.

Larry wrote landmark studies of the Gospel of Mark, and on how ancient Christians manuscripts matter for understanding the New Testament and the early church.

His most groundbreaking work was done on early Christian worship of Jesus. His focus was not only on what Christians believed about Jesus, but on what their actions indicated about their views of Jesus’ divine status. He looked at prayers to Jesus and the use of Jesus’ name to understand how the early church’s worship of Jesus was compatible with Jewish worship of one God.

As fellow colleagues have noted in tribute, Larry “showed the way for many of us as to how a good critical scholar could at the same time be committed to the orthodox Christian faith” and “was a rare breed of scholar who commanded …

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El pastor, Frank Almonte es un reconocido comunicador y productor de medios de comunicación cristianos de la ciudad de Nueva York, donde junto con su esposa Rosemary, han estado pastoreando el Centro Cristiano Adonai por más de veinticinco años. Es Doctor en Divinidades de la Universidad Cristiana Logos en Jacksonville, Florida y en Filosofía (PhD) de Texas University of Theology. Es también entrenador y mentor en The John Maxwell University. Su pasión por ensanchar el Reino de Dios lo ha motivado a escribir varios libros, entre ellos, Gobierno Apostólico y Riquezas de las Naciones.