After all the tangents and side-tracks, I can return now to my reminiscences of my relationship with Bruce Metzger. Perhaps I should say a few things about his personality, as I perceived and experienced it.

I think everyone who knew him would say that he was a true Christian gentleman.  He was respectful of all people, polite to a fault, and cordial.  But he was not someone that anyone became intimate with.  I am sure that I came to be closer to him than any PhD student he supervised in his 40 plus years teaching at Princeton Theological Seminary.  He as much as told me so.  I knew his wife and his two sons (a bit); he invited my family to Christmas dinner; for several weeks I lived with him and his wife in their home.  But there was always a kind of distance to him as well.  He never let down his hair.  The best I can put it is that he was cordial rather than warm and intimate.

He was a shy man.  You would not know that from his public persona, but in personal contact he was shy and was not all that easy to talk with.  We had a joke about it among the graduate students.  One of my friends was in his home turning in a late paper; they made some small talk; there was a silence; and out of the blue, Metzger pointed to a grandfather clock in the room and said, “I *made* that clock!”  For years, whenever my friend and I would be talking and there was a pause, one of us would say, “I *made* that clock.”

One day I came over to his house to give him a chapter of my dissertation.  He had told me on the phone that he might be in the back yard mowing his lawn.  That’s where I

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