I came across this quote by J. Louis Martyn in the opening pages of The Unrelenting God: God’s Action in Scripture. Essays in Honor of Beverly Roberts Gaventa. I’m reviewing this book currently for Theological Book Review, and hope to post a fuller review here on AHS shortly. Here is what Martyn has to say about his former student:
A venerable piece of wisdom has it that the true gift to the teacher is the genuine student whose learning process reaches out and engages the teacher, thereby causing both parties to emerge changed, enriched in ways anticipated by neither. Student becomes teacher and teacher student, as both are surprised by new vistas opened up precisely in their instructive comradeship. It is an event of grace; and so it was to be a teacher to Beverly Gaventa.
What a statement of honour! I hope to be such a student to John Barclay, my supervisor here at Durham, as well as the rest of the excellent faculty in Abbey House.