Word came today via the blogosphere that New Testament professor Dr. Rod Decker passed from this life into the glory of his Savior. Dr. Decker is known for his careful study of the Greek New Testament. Since 1996, he has been Professor of Greek and New Testament at Baptist Bible Seminary. He is the author of Koine Greek Reader: Selections from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Early Christian Writers and Temporal Deixis of the Greek Verb in the Gospel of Mark with Reference to Verbal Aspect. He was also a prolific blogger, blogging at New Testament Resources.
By God’s mercy to us, Dr. Decker was allowed to finish what may become his magnum opus. Set for publication later this year are two books that I know I have been eagerly awaiting—The Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament: Mark 1–8 and The Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament: Mark 9–16, and his beginning Greek grammar, Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook.
While I only conversed with him through email, and meeting once this past November at ETS, I can say he was a very warm and kind person. I thank God for his life, ministry, and the legacy he leaves behind in his family and former students. May he enjoy eternal rest with his Lord!