A number of bloggers (e.g., Stephen Carlson, Nick Norelli, Jim West, Mike Whitenton, P. J. Williams) have reported that Martin Hengel passed away Thursday in Tübingen, Germany, at the venerable age of 82. A German obituary is available here. One of the finest European scholars in recent memory, his voluminous writings on various aspects of early Christianity will continue to influence the discipline for years to come. In particular, his deceptively brief study of the practice of crucifixion in the ancient world is the best such study available in English, and should be required reading for everyone seeking historical insight into the theological crux of the Christian faith.
Nick’s notice includes links to three of Hengel’s articles available online through the Institute of Biblical Research.
Along with all of my colleagues who have benefited from his work, my thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.