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                                  In Memorium: Kenneth E. Bailey, Th.D: 1930-2016 

Kenneth Bailey

The global community of Tantur Ecumenical Institute was deeply saddened to hear of the death of renowned New Testament scholar and former Tantur staff member, Kenneth E. Bailey,  Th.D. on May 23rd, 2016 at the age of eighty-five.  Kenneth was a full-time staff member of Tantur from 1985 to 1990, and a regular lecturer until 1995.  A lifelong scholar, Kenneth mastered the Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic and Syriac languages along with New Testament Greek and his native English, authoring innumerable articles and books, including the highly acclaimed Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes.  His last publication, The Good Shepherd, Thousand-Year Journey from Pslam 23 to the New Testament, was released in 2014.  In a richly diverse ministry that spanned more than half a century, Kenneth is perhaps best remembered as introducing the New Testament in a Levantine cultural context to Western audiences.   Tantur mourns the loss of Kenneth as a member of the Tantur community, a phenomenal contributor to the field of theological study, and an endearing friend.  A full obituary can be read here: Kenneth Bailey Th.D. 1930-2016