A master of several tongues, he wrote hundreds of reviews of books published in eight languages, and produced treatises that wrestled with ancient Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, and Coptic. Behind the work of a lucid, memorable, and elegant Bible translation (of which the RSV and NRSV are outstanding examples) are labors in the examination of ancient manuscripts and the historical background of the various biblical writings, and work in syntactical and lexical studies. For several decades, Metzger was editor of the prestigious "New Testament Tools and Studies" series (published by E. J. Brill, Leiden), and exercised significant leadership in the International Greek New Testament Project (1948-84).
BRUCE MANNING METZGER Daniel B Wallace Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society; Dec 2009; 153, 4; Docstoc pg. 489
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