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So, happy birthday Chris.
You may not know this about him but he loves to tend his flowers. Here he is, watering them.
But he’s getting a bit old and a bit bald- so we’ve pitched in to get him some much needed hair plugs.
He’s also a bit incontinent, so we have installed a Home Depot near his home so they can help him with his issue.
And finally, he has a lovely wife. He’s old and she isn’t, so we’ve recruited a replacement for Chris for her. His name is Spicebomb…
You’re welcome Chris, you’re welcome. 39 only comes once. Enjoy your final days…
Maurice Casey was one of the best known scholars of the New Testament presently (or more properly, recently) working in the United Kingdom. He was a tireless researcher who devoted his life to a serious and, insofar as this is possible, an independent investigation of the New Testament freed from dogmatic constraints. Or more particularly, to the life of the Historical Jesus.
In the last years of his life Maurice suffered a series of ailments which left him weakened and stymied and yet he persevered manfully through his “valley of the shadow”. As he worked on his final publication (and certainly not knowing that it would be his final publication) he grew progressively weaker, progressively worse. And yet he was so troubled by the rise of the ‘mythicist’ movement that he was determined to see the project through to the end. I’m grateful that he was able to.
He’s worth remembering, on his birthday especially.
Giovanni Garbini was born on the 8th of October in 1931 and he’s celebrating today his 83rd birthday! He’s a fantastic scholar and one of the nicest people you could ever know.
He has written widely on the subject of the history of Israel and his amazing History and Ideology in Ancient Israel is MUST reading for anyone doing biblical studies. If you read Italian, he has even more amazing things in it.
I especially recommend the fantastically written Il ritorno dall’esilio babilonese. Now that’s fun reading and stimulating beyond belief. So, to him I wish a very Happy 83rd Birthday! My he have many more anniversary’s of his birth in good health and mental agility.