Beloved Candler professor dies

Dr. John H. Hayes, professor emeritus at the United Methodist related Candler School of Theology at Emory University, passed away on July 11, 2013. Hayes was 79 at the time of his death from a stroke.

A distinguished, internationally recognized scholar of the Old Testament whose loves included travel and taking care of his Alabama farm, Dr. Hayes retired from Candler in 2007 following 35 years on the faculty. He wrote or co-wrote more than 40 books, including his most recent, the semi-autobiographical novel, Abanda, which appeared in 2012.

Carl Holladay, Charles Howard Candler Professor of New Testament Studies, knew Dr. Hayes for three decades, co-wrote several books with him and paid tribute to him during a July 14 ceremony at Dr. Hayes’ home church, Five Points Baptist, in Five Points, Ala.

Holladay not only recalled Dr. Hayes’ love for animals, farming and his fellow man, he also credited his friend for teaching the Bible in innovative ways.

“Knowing our tendency to make the Bible say what we want it to say, John would insist on letting the Bible speak for itself in all its rawness and ambiguity, but also in its clarity; to speak to us in its richness.”

Dr. Hayes is survived by three children and many other family members and friends.

Click here to read Carl Holladay’s tribute to Dr. Hayes in its entirety.

Click here to read Dr. Hayes’ obituary in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Click here to read Dr. Hayes’ obituary from The Society of Biblical Literature.

This story provided by the Candler School of Theology. 


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