Mark Goodacre observa, em NT Gateway Weblog, com o post Xavier Léon-Dufour Obituary, que o Times traz hoje um necrológio (obituary) do conhecido exegeta francês falecido em 13 de novembro de 2007.
Veja no Times de December 20, 2007: Xavier Léon-Dufour. Liberal scholar who brought historical analysis to Bible study.
Xavier-Léon Dufour was one of the greatest liberal Bible scholars of the 20th century. As such, he often found himself at odds with the conservative Catholic hierarchy, not least with Pope Pius XII himself.
Using historical and critical scholarship to challenge more fundamentalist approaches to the Bible was not, he insisted, to deny the divine element in the origin of Scripture. But the text as we have it today was written by men at specific periods of history.And a critical study of both the men and the history, Dufour maintained with passion, was vital to an understanding of the sacred text.
The new scholarship which had its origin in the work of 19th-century German Protestant scholars, met resistance both from the Catholic hierarchy and from parts of the Protestant establishment. Dufour himself was accused of seeking to deprive priests of their faith…