Nov. 6, 2013
The Reverend Dr. Robert “Bob” Kysar, Bandy Professor of Preaching and New Testament Emeritus, died on October 31, 2013, after a prolonged illness. For five years he held the Bandy Chair at Candler before retiring in 1999.
Kysar came to Candler after serving numerous pastorates and teaching preaching and New Testament at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadephia.
He is remembered by Candler faculty as a remarkable person who combined intense biblical scholarship with strong and empathetic teaching. He brought a keen sense of the pastorate to his scholarship and the best academic impulses to the pulpit.
Kysar's many publications were anchored in his critical inquiry into Johannine scholarship, of which his The Fourth Evangelist and His Gospel was exemplary. His popular John, The Maverick Gospel made that scholarship available to pastors and lay people.
His “seat of choice” was on the steps outside of Pitts Library, fittingly a midpoint between Bishops Hall and Cannon Chapel. There, coffee cup in hand, a lit pipe alongside, he would meet a steady stream of students, helping them make the journey from study to pulpit.
A calm, gentle man, wry of wit, whose words and demeanor were always fitting, he was also a fiercely courageous advocate for social justice. Those of us who worked with him and were his students will miss him as will the Church he served. May he rest in peace.
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