Friday, November 01, 2019

Congrats to Klaus Wachtel

Congratulations to Klaus Wachtel on his retirement!

Source of un-doctored image: Hugh Houghton's Twitter

Yesterday, the INTF posted the following:

Klaus has been a constant presence in textual criticism for many years now. I've personally benefitted much from his writings on the Byzantine text, and more recently, his textual commentary of Acts in the ECM Acts: Studies volume. May he have a happy retirement!

Congrats also to Greg Paulson as he steps into his new position within the INTF!


  1. Thank you Elijah, I appreciate that my true nature has finally been recognized:-)

  2. Congratulations to Wachtel and Paulson!

  3. Congratulations to both Paul and Klaus. Finally, the Americans are taking over the INTF!!!

    1. Soon they'll be sitting on the tables, wearing ball caps, and talking loudly all throughout the building. :)

  4. Congratulations to both of you! It was a real pleasure to work at the INTF last academic year and to get to know you both better.

    (And I love the "mediocre photo-editing" tag!)

  5. Klaus, congratulations for running the race so well for so many years!
    And your name, in modern Greek, is *almost* pronounced Clavis. I think that would be a good nickname for Gordon Fee since he lives in the Clavis Patrum Graecorum.

  6. I remember years ago I had The opportunity to go to INTF for a short period of study. I was quite nervous and intimidated, worried I wouldn't be able to understand their work, that I wouldn't fit in. Worried that I wasn't good enough. It was Klaus who met me first, and could not have given me a warmer welcome. He gave freely of his time, explaining and then re- explaining CBGM over and over again, never losing patience as I struggled to understand. He spent hours answering all my questions, but he also spent his own time making me feel welcome - introducing me to his friends and colleagues, sharing meals, and letting me be a part of the team. I remember Klaus would listen to me as if I really could have something to say, I was so encouraged by the respect that he would show even to just a young student like me. Over the years I've had the many wonderful opportunities to learn from lots of academics how to be a better scholar, but Klaus is a member of a much smaller group from whom I also learned how to be a better person.

    Thank you Klaus, for all you've done, for me and all those like me.

  7. Dear Klaus, I also want to thank you for friendship and collegiality. I first visited the INTF in the summer of 2000 to do work on my bachelor thesis on a certain variant in John 8:9 which resulted in my first article (in the TC journal), and, in extension, a book on the same pericope. The first visit (at the old location at Georgskommende) was a formative experience and I remember well your hospitality and help with organizing lodging. I have been to Münster many times after that, old and new location, and it has always been a treat. I also look back on many good conferences where we have met, in particular several colloquiua in Birmingham which have been lovely. I hope you will still do some research and turn up at some conferences in the future, and I look forward to seeing you soon in San Diego.