Deaths: Prof. Marvin Meyer [Update: Obituary]

An obituary was published for Prof. Meyer in the Orange County Register:

Marvin Meyer, a biblical scholar and longtime professor at Chapman University, died Thursday from complications from melanoma, university administrators said. He was 64, and had battled skin cancer before.

Meyer is perhaps best known for his work in translating the Book of Judas, a Gnostic Gospel with pages showing a different relationship between Jesus and the man mainstream Christianity says is his betrayer. The Gnostic Gospels are “secret” gospels stumbled upon by a peasant in northern Egypt in 1945.

Article Tab: Marvin Meyer, shown in Greece in 2010, taught at Chapman University for nearly 30 years. He worked with the National Geographic Society to translate the Gospel of Judas, one of the Gnostic Gospels. He died Thursday of melanoma.
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Marvin Meyer, shown in Greece in 2010, taught at Chapman University for nearly 30 years. He worked with the National Geographic Society to translate the Gospel of Judas, one of the Gnostic Gospels. He died Thursday of melanoma.
Marvin Meyer, shown in Greece in 2010, taught at Chapman University for nearly 30 years. He worked with the National Geographic Society to translate the Gospel of Judas, one of the Gnostic Gospels. He died Thursday of melanoma.
Meyer was part of the team that translated the ancient document, working with the National Geographic Society. The Book of Judas presents Judas as someone who betrayed Jesus at Christ’s own request, a view that veers far from the traditional biblical tale of Christ’s death.

“If anyone ever loved learning for learning’s sake — utterly and unabashedly so – it was Marv Meyer,” Chapman University Chancellor Daniele Struppa said in an open letter to university students and faculty. “And he loved even more opening this astonishing world of ideas to his students who had never thought there was a gospel beyond the canonical four.”

A teacher at Chapman for 27 years, Meyer was director of Chapman’s Albert Schweitzer Institute, devoted to preserving the theologian’s teachings. He also served as chair of the university’s Religious Studies Department. [ORANGE COUNTY REG]

Unfortunately, Prof. Marvin Meyer recently passed away. Here is a little about Prof. Meyer from the Chapman University Website,

Dr. Marvin Meyer (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University; M.Div., Calvin Theological Seminary) is Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies and Co-Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Chapman University. He is also Director of the Chapman University Albert Schweitzer Institute. Recently he has served as Chair of the Chapman University Faculty and President of the Faculty Senate. He is Director of the Coptic Magical Texts Project of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont Graduate University, Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, and a past President of the Society of Biblical Literature (Pacific Coast).

Dr. Meyer is the author of numerous books and articles on Greco-Roman and Christian religions in antiquity and late antiquity, and on Albert Schweitzer’s ethic of reverence for life. Among his most recent books are The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (HarperCollins, 2005), The Gospels of Mary (HarperCollins, 2004), Secret Gospels: Essays on Thomas and the Secret Gospel of Mark (Trinity Press International, 2003), The Ancient Mysteries: A Sourcebook of Sacred Texts (Pennsylvania, 1999), The Unknown Sayings of Jesus (HarperCollins, 1998), The Magical Book of Mary and the Angels (P. Heid. Inv. Kopt. 685): Text, Translation, and Commentary (Heidelberg, 1996), and The Gospel of Thomas: The Hidden Sayings of Jesus (HarperCollins, 1992). He has also edited or co-edited The Gnostic Bible (Shambhala, 2003), Reverence for Life: Albert Schweitzer for the 21st Century (Syracuse, 2002), Magic and Ritual in the Ancient World (Brill, 2002), Jesus Then and Now: Images of Jesus in History and Christology (Trinity Press International, 2001), From Quest to Q (Peeters, 2000), and Ancient Christian Magic: Coptic Texts of Ritual Power (Princeton, 1999).

His books and articles have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Japanese, and the Gospel of Thomas, of which his is the standard edition, has been listed as one of the 100 best spiritual books of the 20th century. He has been interviewed on television programs that have aired on ABC, BBC, CNN, A&E, the History Channel, and Odyssey, and on radio programs that include BBC Radio, National Public Radio, and the Voice of America. He lives with his wife, children, and dog in Orange, California.

Dr. Meyer teaches courses on religion and values, the New Testament and early Christianity, Greco-Roman and Egyptian religion and culture, the life and thought of Albert Schweitzer, and peace studies. He also provides instruction in ancient Greek language and, upon occasion, Coptic Egyptian. He regularly organizes bargain-basement educational trips, for those who eschew luxury and pursue adventure, to such countries as Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. Ask a survivor of one of these trips about hiking up and sleeping on the rock of Mount Sinai, or swimming in the caldera of Santorini, or snorkeling among tropical fish in the Red Sea.

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