Mark Goodacre on NT Blog gives notice of the death of Michael Goulder, British New Testament scholar, at the age of 82.
In recent years I have paid more than a passing interest to the Synoptic Problem to which Michael Goulder contributed distinctively with his development of Austin Farrer's theory that Luke knew and used Matthew's Gospel, as well as Mark's Gospel. So considerable was this work that what is known as the Farrer Hypothesis is also known as the Farrer-Goulder Hypothesis.
But some years before this interest I had the privilege of sitting in a seminar at a British New Testament Conference at which Michael Goulder was present. I briefly met him and the memory remains strong of a very, very engaging man with a vivid, expressive turn of phrase - something represented in his writings. He is the best writer of biblical scholarship I have come across. A colourful character was Michael. In my personal experience of scholars he is sui generis, a hapax legomenon of characters. RIP.