1. William F. Arndt of BAGD. The student nickname for him was "Snakey,"
because his exam questions, which sounded so simple at first, always seemed
to have some kind of trap for the unwary. Incidentally, Carl, he wrote a
dissertation at WU in the time of George Reeves Throop titled "The
Participle in Polybius and St. Paul."
2. The second is about Martin H. Franzmann, whom you may know as the author
of the hymn "They Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness." He taught the class
just before the noon meal. When some of my classmates rather loudly closed
their Greek Testaments at tghe close of the hour (11:50AM), hoping to get
teo the head of the cafeteria line, he looked up and said, without seeming
to lose the cadence of his lecture, "Gentlemen, I still have a few pearls
It could be interesting to compile a list of NT scholars who also were hymn
writers: I can add two more: Martin Luther and Joseph Armitage Robinson
("'Tis Good Lord To Be Here," for Tranfiguration Sunday). Any more that you
Academic trivia fascinate and make great names human. Sometime I will give
you some Kaesemann anecdotes--or Bultmann ones.
Edgar Krentz, New Testament
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