Very Sad News: David Steinmetz has Died

Steinmetz-01Professor Steinmetz passed away yesterday, Thanksgiving Day.  Duke’s bio of the great man says

Professor Steinmetz is a specialist in the history of Christianity in late medieval and early modern Europe. In recent years he has concentrated on the history of biblical scholarship and learning in Europe from 1350 to 1600.

Before coming to Duke in 1971, he taught at Lancaster Theological Seminary of the United Church of Christ.  He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Notre Dame universities as well as the Alonzo L. McDonald Distinguished Professor at Emory University. Additionally he served as a Guggenheim Fellow at Cambridge University and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Duke August Library in Wolfenbüttel, Germany.

He is the general editor since its founding of the series, Oxford Studies in Historical Theology, and is currently writing a book for Oxford entitled, The Catholic Calvin. He is a United Methodist minister and a former president of the American Society of Church History, which awarded him its Distinguished Career Award in 2010. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

No one who has studied the Reformation is unfamiliar with his name and work.  May he rest in peace.  He is truly a giant upon whose shoulders we all stand and see further than we would without him.