Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Ioannis Karavidopoulos (1937–2023)


INTF shared yesterday the passing of Ioannis Karavidopoulos. I never had the chance to meet him but I have friends who did. I believe he was the only Eastern Orthodox scholar on the UBS committee at the time. Here is the in memoriam from INTF

On April 15, 2023, Greek Orthodox Holy Saturday, Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Theology of Aristotle University Thessaloniki, passed away at the age of 86. 

Ioannis Karavidopoulos was born in Thessaloniki in 1937. He studied theology and philosophy at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, then in Strasbourg, France, and Göttingen. Since 1975 he was Professor of Theology and Exegesis of the New Testament in Thessaloniki. 

He was one of the five editors responsible for the 26th and 27th editions of the Nestle-Aland and the 4th and 5th editions of the UBS Greek New Testament, the two authoritative critical hand editions of the Greek New Testament. He was particularly concerned to make the value of the Byzantine text fruitful for the textual history of the New Testament and to counteract its disdain. With his passing, we lose not only an outstanding New Testament exegete and textual critic, but also an endearing colleague who will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Saturday, April 01, 2023