Zane Hodges (1933–2008)

I learned today that one of my former professors and colleagues, Zane Hodges, passed from this life to the next over the weekend. Zane was 75 years old when he died. He was at the center of some major debates within evangelical circles, namely, how salvation is to be defined and what constitutes the original text of the New Testament. He viewed salvation as that which was bestowed solely by faith in Christ, and that one does not necessarily have to persevere in faith to be saved. And by this perseverance, he meant that a saved individual did not have to have either good works or even continued faith to be saved. His view of the text of the New Testament was that the majority of manuscripts, regardless of age, were the surest pointer to the original text. He was responsible for resurrecting Dean Burgon’s views of the text within scholarly circles. Both of these views are quite controversial in evangelical circles.

Zane taught Greek and New Testament courses at Dallas Seminary from 1960 to 1987. I took him for more courses than from any other NT prof, and learned a great deal from him. His skills with the Greek text were breathtaking. I never knew a professor who could sight-read as well as Hodges (except for Johnson). And he thought through his positions well. I didn’t agree with him on everything; in fact, I would say that I disagreed with him on most of his positions. I was always a bit nervous coming into his class because I wasn’t sure what he would say that hour that might rock my world. But I enjoyed immensely how he structured the courses, how he argued his positions, and how charismatic he was in the classroom. He was a superb preacher and very persuasive. His electives always had the highest enrollment by far of any NT electives at DTS.

Zane never married. His lifelong celibacy influenced a number of others, including Art Farstad, with whom he co-edited The Greek New Testament according to the Majority Text.

He never earned a doctorate, and intentionally so: he thought that such a degree might make him proud.

When S. Lewis Johnson, Jr. shifted out of the NT department at Dallas Seminary into the Systematic Theology department in the 1970s, he recommended to the administration that Zane become the department chair. The administration heeded his advice. Shortly after that appointment, I asked Johnson why he recommended Hodges. “After all,” I said, “you and Hodges disagree on almost everything!” Johnson was a five-point Calvinist. Hodges was slightly more than a ‘Calminian.’ Johnson would never teach something unless he could find it in the commentaries because, as he often noted, the Holy Spirit has been teaching the church for the last twenty centuries. He thought it was arrogant if someone argued for a position that was novel. Hodges seemed to hardly ever hold to a view that could be found in the commentaries, yet he was no arrogant man (nor did Johnson think of him as such). Johnson said that the reason he recommended Hodges was because he was able to defend his views well. This spoke highly of Hodges, but in some respects even more highly of Johnson, since he could have easily recommended someone who was closer to his own views. Chairing a department, however, was not in Zane’s blood. He quit the post after one year, and Harold Hoehner became department chair. It was good that Zane knew his limitations: the NT department at Dallas Seminary is what it is today because of Hoehner.

Zane was a very honorable and ethical man. He was a man of prayer, and his life was one that was lived for Christ’s glory. In spite of his views of soteriology, he seemed to be almost a ‘soft mystic’ in his sense of spirituality. That is, he recognized that God answered prayer and communicated with believers in ways that were not purely rational and logical. Yet Zane’s view of God’s will could almost be characterized as purely rationalistic: write down the pros and cons and make your decision. There was little room for sensing the guidance of the Spirit, nor of seeking peace for a decision before acting in this position. I’m thankful that Zane didn’t practice what he preached!

We were colleagues from 1979 to 1981. When I came back to DTS in 1987 and joined the faculty again, Zane had retired. After his retirement, he began devoting his time more and more to his view of soteriology, embodied in the free grace movement and the Grace Evangelical Society. Although I would strongly disagree with his views, I appreciated how he challenged my thinking and how he would think through his position all the way to the end.

Zane Hodges will be dearly missed. But he now knows the joys of his Savior and is finally home.

61 Responses to “Zane Hodges (1933–2008)”

  1. Dr. Wallace,
    Thank you so much for this fitting tribute to a godly man.

  2. Thanks, Abraham. He was one of a kind!

  3. Thanks, Dan! I had Zane for a number of courses and appreciated the characteristics you cited. Your manner, description, and attitude reflect his life and impact. Thanks!

  4. Dan, although the views of Hodges and GES are at times a little extreme I tend to agree with them. Have you read anything by or heard Dr Earl Radmacher speak? He has similar views and has spoken exstinsively on rewards. Great man!

  5. Truth Unites... and Divides November 26, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Very Nice tribute.

    Yet I’d have to side with John MacArthur over Zane Hodges in John MacArthur’s irenic tome, “The Gospel According to Jesus Christ.”

  6. Folks, this was not the place or time to discuss the merits of Hodges’ views on soteriology or textual criticism. I just wanted it to be a time in which we remembered one of God’s servants. I’ll be happy to start up a dialogue later about Hodges’ soteriological viewpoint. But not now.

  7. Sorry Dan, you are exactley right. I should have been more considerate.

  8. Dr. Wallace, Thank you for posting your thoughts. Zane Hodges will be dearly missed indeed.

  9. Thank you for this post. I too would side with MacAthur and company on the soteriological argument but I am always humbled and encouraged by the godly examples of so many of those with whom I have disagreements. It reminds me of Spurgeon’s response to the church member who asked if he’d see Wesley in heaven. Spurgeon replied that he wouldn’t see Wesley there… because Wesley would be so much closer to Christ than he that he wouldn’t be able to actually “see” him for the glory of Christ shining round him.

  10. Dr. Wallace:

    I thought this was a tremendous post. Like many, I totally disagree with his views but I think that Mr. Hodges is a fine example of diversity within the body of Christ. People can have differences in theology but still come together as a body of believers to exalt our Lord Jesus Christ.

  11. Like many others, I was deeply influenced by not only the teaching but the lifestyle and devotion to Jesus of Zane Hodges. In fact, I think what I will remember most of all about him – is the intimate relationship he had with Jesus…and how the love of Jesus moved him to wash the feet of those around him – whether wounded feet in an incredibly challenged neighborhood in Dallas – or the feet of a loud and somewhat obnoxious student in one of his classes at Dallas Theological Seminary.

    On another note, I once asked Zane if he felt his views were “new” or unprecedented in the history of the church. He told me that he had found every one of his so-called novel interpretations somewhere in the commentary tradition – except for his views on Romans 10.

    For what it is worth, Zane influenced my abilities to exegete the Scripture as a pastor more than any other teacher I have ever had. But number two has to be Zane’s student, Dan Wallace, who taught me 2nd year Greek at Dallas Seminary in 1980-81. And now, in a very poor neighborhood in Detroit, in a church made up of black and white and Latino, rich and poor, city dweller and suburbanite…I am teaching our people – even as we speak – a 13 week class on how to study the Bible. Thanks, Zane, for the legacy you left many of us in Jesus’ name. We miss you. We love you. We will see you soon…

  12. Kevin, great tribute to Zane. Most of the readers of this blog post don’t know that Zane pastored, for decades, a small hispanic church in a very poor neighborhood in Dallas. One of the things I think that characterized his life well was a lack of hypocrisy, even a lack of ego. Remarkable man, and a reminder that an influential professor is not someone who just teaches well but also lives well.

  13. Prof Hodges taught me the Johannine Epistles when I was at Dallas Seminary. His scholarship has inspred me and his kindness attracted me to find out more how he lives his Christian life. His humility is admirable! May the Lord reward his faithful services to Him!

  14. Dr. Wallace,

    Thanks for the tribute.

  15. Dr Wallace:

    I was thinking recently about how I’d like to meet Zane Hodges. It
    is clear that his influence lies in some ways over many of the discussions
    of texts in the NT department, particularly Romans. I regret that I did
    not go when invited to a Grace Conference earlier this year where I
    could have done so, but I know that someday I will see Zane in the
    presence of the Lord.

    I find your tribute fitting, humble, and a must read. God bless.

  16. Dan:

    Thanks for the notice, my friend. I had the opportunity to meet and have Zane in classes back in the 1980’s and find myself in much agreement with you. I loved his class on Hebrews – even though in the end, I found myself moving away from his views. But his ability to read Greek and Hebrews off the text in class was extraordinary – to the point of being intimidating! I found him incredibly persuasive – and disagrement at times took hard work. He incarnated the pastor-scholar in ways few are able.

    He was a man who greatly valued Jesus and the Gospel, whether or not others felt he devalued it. No one could ever accuse Zane of being soft on discipleship! His heart for the pastorate, not simply the glamor of the large churches, struck a chord for many.

    I remember a Bock article back in that time frame (BibSac) – he was interacting with MacArthur and Zane on gospel issues (Jesus is Lord, I think), and Darrel did an unusual thing: he reflected emotionally about Zane and his impact for the kingdom in a relatively scholarly context. He shared his frustration that others would disparage this gentle man personally. that was unconscionable. Bock recognized that even when we disagree with technical conclusions, Zane’s heart and actions spoke volumes about his love for Jesus. He *always* responded kindly to students in class, even when they would try to push him. Unlike some others whom we all know. :-)

    Thanks, Dan. Good words – and words can be meaningful. The lives of good men stand as a terrific monument to the breadth and grace of the Lord. For sure, now he is “absolutely free” and he is now walking fully “in the light of God’s love.” KEP

  17. Karl, good to hear from you, my friend! You have captured well who Zane Hodges was. I should add that Zane had a very interesting curriculum: he taught first-year Greek (two or three classes a year, I believe), and one elective every year. He did not teach any other required courses. This allowed him to focus heavily on those electives. He taught textual criticism only twice, I believe, in his tenure at DTS. Perhaps three times. But when I took the course in 1977 or ’78, he said that the last time he taught it was 16 years earlier!

    I also recall a debate that he had during a faculty workshop one year. I think it was over hermeneutics and illumination. At one point he paused and said to his opponent, “Well, perhaps if you prayed a bit more, you’d understand the text better.” This was tongue-in-cheek to a degree; in the least, Zane was not trying to slam the other man (who was Ed Blum, if I recall correctly). Rather, he was simply showing that he was something of a soft mystic and that prayer had a huge role in his life, even though in his theology it was downplayed.

    A remarkable man who has impacted generations of Christian leaders.

  18. Dan,

    Will you be going to his funeral which is at Tony Evan’s church on Tuesday at 11 am?

  19. Dan, I hope you don’t mind me putting this here. An IT guy associated with the Grace Evangelical Society sent this message to me concerning a live webcast of Zane’s funeral for people who would like to be there and can’t make it:

    Bob [Wilkin] and close friends of Zane have agreed to allow live webcasting of Zane’s memorial service at 12/2 11AM Dallas time.

    The link:

    I will open the room 15 minutes before the beginning of the service. Please log in as guest with your real name. No password will be required. Your name will be added to the guest list.

    I will record the connect session. After the service is over, I will post the link to the recorded session on the fgconnect welcome page.

    – Don Reiher

  20. Antonio, thanks for the info. I doubt that I’ll be able to make it to the funeral since I’m still recovering from neck surgery. (I way overdid things to go to Rhode Island and Boston!) But having the live broadcast will be great. Thanks so much for sharing the information with us!

  21. Hello Dan,
    after hearing of Zane’s death i found myself “googling” him which led me to your blog and then surprising myself by commenting, i hope i am not out of place. I have known Zane all my life, growing up in his church from infancy till i strayed away as an adult (Zane had stopped preaching weekly by this time), we even corresponded while i was away in the navy. i don’t believe that i’ve ever known another person like Zane, nor have i known personally someone who’s life i thought exemplified what being a good person was most like. i have known Christ and the Bible all my life although i have never studied it and being theologically naive i have to say that i was shocked when i read that Zane’s views were controversial or even debateable. i would like to understand at least at a laymans level what are the major points of debate and where i could look to further my understanding. i have gone on from that poor hispanic neighborhood to become a physician (still live and practice in the same neighborhood) and i know that Zane had an influence on my life as well as the lives of many around me. He was a great man and will be missed. i pray that i might find a way in my life to honor him. thanks

  22. HI Dan,

    Someone forwarded a link of your post to me. I was moved by your gracious and loving remarks. Thank you so much.


    Bob Wilkin
    Executive Director
    Grace Evangelical Society

  23. Dan,

    Allow my redundant ‘hooray’ for your gracious and balanced words. As one greatly influenced by both Hodges and MacArthur, I find myself in the strange position of loving them, but still disagreeing with both of them on a few things.

    How cool to see you express grace and graciousness in a climate too often marked by defiance and harsh judgment.

    Thanks for elevating one of my friends, professors, and mentors to a proper level of honor for his character and integrity. Thanks too for displaying the possibility that we all might have a real conversation about issues as we keep the Lord’s kindness to each of us in the forefront.

    God bless,

    Fred Lybrand
    The Free Grace Alliance

  24. Dan, thanks for the posts concerning Zane Hodges. I too disagreed with him at times, but felt he had serious insights in distinguishing initial and progressive sanctification. In the 60s I first read him in a BibSac review where he correctly but very kindly showed the error of KJVOism/Ruckmanism. He was a Man of God and will be missed. It is a good goal to have people testify about our character as they have about Zane’s. Many thanks,
    Ron Minton – Ukraine

  25. Harry Hoffner (1960) December 1, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Thank you for this lovely tribute to Zane. I don’t keep up with old friends from my DTS years the way I should, and it was only by accident that I came upon your blog and saw that Zane had passed away. I knew him during the two years I lived in Stearns Hall (1956-58). His room was at the end of the hall, on which Rice Hall, Bob DeVries, Hilton Jarvis, and others lived. I was in my first two years of the Th.D. program and only knew that Zane and Wilbur Pickering were both big advocates of the superiority of the Majority Text. But what impressed me most about Zane were his quiet devotion to Christ, his humility, his calm convictions solidly based on his understanding of the Bible, and his engagement with poor Hispanics in urban ministry. Those impressions have stayed with me now for almost 50 years. He was a lovely man, and I am happy that he is finally receiving his “Well done, good and faithful servant. Baruch ha-ba!”

  26. Harry Hoffner (1960) December 1, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Sorry for the typo — I was in the Th.M. program, not the Th.D. one!

  27. Dear Dr. Wallace, Again thank you for your kind comments concerning Zane Hodges. I have been greatly influenced by Zane’s soteriology and I do ascribe to his views. I have also benefitted from his help in studying Greek and in our study group we use his majority text. I don’t know if you have read Zane’s last article in the GES newsletter (Sept./Oct. 2008). I beleive he “hit the nail on the head” with his comments in this article. We who knew him and loved him will miss him. But as he once told me personally, “Don’t question what God has in store for you in your life, God is sovereign.” I can rejoice even as I grieve because Zane is with Christ and I know I will see him again. In Christ, Graham.

  28. Ed James (1959, 62) December 1, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Many thanks for this fine tribute about my friend, Zane. My first year at DTS I lived right across the hall from him, and we had many good conversations together. It is interesting to me that all the views and personal qualities he had then carried throughout his life. We are all better for having known him.

  29. Friends, I am moved by your gracious and kind comments about Zane and how he marked your lives. As I was reading through these comments, a bizarre thought struck me: if only we treated each other in life the way we do in death! That is, there is obvious tension in discussions about Zane’s views, but such are subordinated to a profound appreciation for the man he was.

    I would like to take this opportunity to do exactly what I suggested: I would like to treat certain folks, still living, with the kind of respect and comments that we all have given Zane Hodges.

    In my next blog posts, I will discuss four individuals. There are several people who have marked my life, but I will just mention four in these posts. Stay tuned!

  30. An obituary for Professor Hodges can be found in the Dallas Morning News here.

    An additional story can be found here.

  31. That was a beautifully written tribute to Professor Hodges. I am from across the Atlantic and so never got to see him teach, but his books and audio sessions have had a massive impact on my understanding of soteriology.

    Whilst I am grateful for all the Lord has allowed me to learn form his work, I am also now grateful to read a gracious tribute to his life by someone who held several opposing views.

    It speaks much of you. God bless

  32. Dan,

    I never met Zane personally but have been instructed by both his books and those who studied under him. His legacy lives on through the teaching ministry of those who now mentor me (us).

    Thanks for the post.

  33. This was so wonderful to read. You have no idea how refreshing it is to me to read how someone who disagreed with nearly every position of Zane Hodges, as you said, could also give him the repect he deserves as a brother in Christ and a servant of the Lord.

  34. I’m a pastor and have been reading Zane’s books for years. I was sad to hear that we lost a great Bible Teacher. He helped me to appreciate the pure, simple Gospel message – that salvation is an awesome gift from God, simply recieved by believing in Jesus. “Thanks Father for my brother Zane.”

  35. Thank you, Dr. Wallace. A good eulogy for Mr. Hodges. Heaven has gained another great saint.

  36. Thanks for the tribute to Prof. Hodges.

    I remember one day after class asking him what he thought of my take on a certain passage. I was in my fourth year and working on a sermon (it could have even been my senior sermon). I was seeing something unique in the text and no other commentators had mentioned it. I just knew I’d arrived and wanted Prof. Hodges approval. I can’t remember what my incredible insight was, nor can I even remember which passage I was working on, but, it wasn’t one that pertained to that class or any of his classes for that matter. I quickly mentioned my insight expecting him to smile and tell my I’d done well. Instead, off the top of his head he explained why my interpretation couldn’t be right because . . . I don’t remember, it was the voice of the verb, its mood, or tense, or something. I was stunned. Off the top of his head and without any warning, he knew my text better than me and I’d put hours into it. I’d not arrived after all.

    I’m glad that Prof. Hodges has finally arrived. He was always very close.

  37. Hello Dan,
    I am not a biblical scholar and I did not know Zane through Dallas Theological Seminary. Like my cousin, Ray Munoz (Hi Ray), I grew up at Victor Street Bible Chapel. My grandmother, Margarite Segura met Zane around 1954, when she was living in a very poor, hispanic neighborhood in South Dallas. Zane Hodges, Frances Dean, Horace and Dorothy Gill, and many other committed christians helped lead my grandmother to accept Christ as her personal savior. Zane would visit my grandmother and read to her from the bible, since she was unable to read. My grandmother later joined the church and actually learned to read the bible herself. My grandmother had 6 children, some of whom had already started attending the church as small children, even before she did. Five of her children went on to become members and attend the church regularly, at least for a number of years. Some of them have been life-long members of this church, which started out as “The Mission” and later became Victor Street Bible Chapel. All of these 5 children were and are “saved” because of the Lord’s work through The Mission and its dedicated leaders, including Zane. These adults went on to have a total of 17 children, 40 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, whose lives were either directly or indirectly touched by Zane. This is just one family. Zane touched the lives of more people than we will ever know with his writings, teachings, preaching, counseling (which I desperately needed and received), kindness, friendship and Godly example. On behalf of my family, I thank the Lord for sending Zane into our lives. I am sure Zane was greeted by the Lord himself with, “Well done thou good and faithful servant!”

  38. Thanks for your nice words about Zane. I’m no Plato, but I feel the way about Zane as he did of Socrates– I felt Zane was the kindest, gentlest, lovingist man I ever knew. Cudo’s to him for being an original thinker. He most certainly emphasized the role of prayer and the Holy Spirit in interpretation (especially in the hebrews class!). …In Hebrews he talked about Hirsch’s “intrinsic” and “heuristic genre’s.” The heuristic genre being our “guess” at what the author was saying (“intrinsic,” being what the author actually meant)…and then validating our heuristic genre from the text, adjusting it, validating it again, and so forth. …Einstein felt this original thinking, imaginative and “heuristic” approach was most important in his field, even more than mathmatics. He credited his success to it. I think that’s part of what made Zane stand out as an interpreter as well.

    He and Dr. Johnson loved each other very much. Once Dr. Johnson told me, after heaping praise on Zane, “I’ll tell you what’s wrong with Zane. He’s not a theologian, he’s a biblicist.” I told Zane what he had said, and he got a big grin and said, “That’s the best thing he could have ever said about me!” …Do you remember in their debate about The Gospel Under Siege, when Dr. Johnson accused him of having minority support in the commentaries, and Zane rebuffed with, “I don’t need to remind the distinguished professor that his view on limited atonement is also a minority view…” Blessings to you Dan.

  39. Zane Hodges has had a huge influence on my theology. He was a great man.

  40. Dr. Wallace,

    I have appreciated your conciliatory tone and balanced perspective. Thank you for this kind eulogy of brother Zane Hodges. Beyond his controversial theological perspective Hodges was a servant of the living God. May we aspire to such a high calling.

    Jonathan Perreault

  41. I concur with Bob Wilkin and want to say it is very refreshing to hear kind words about Zane for a change. It is almost surreal.

    I do video recording and webcasts for events such as GES conferences and video recording (not webcasting yet) FGA conferences. I have hosted the GES webboard for 9 years. I also host the Moodle server for

    I had intended on having some conversations with Zane, about some recent studies and papers I am working on, but I never called him. I will forever kick myself for not doing so.

    When I was 17, I was ministered to by a ministry from Florida Bible College called “Youth Ranch.” I was very confused by my church which taught a very unclear message. I received everlasting life through the Ranch ministry. I guess I am pretty dense. . . it took several years of hearing a clear Gospel for it to finally click. I have a lot of patience, and a real heart for people who were confused like I was. I started attending a church which was pastored by 2 FBC grads. They had youth retreats at Florida Bible College, where I picked up a book by Zane Hodges called “Gospel under Seige.” The teaching from my pastors was good, but Zane’s book revolutionized my appreciation for inductive study of the Word even more. As I read the sections on James and 1 John the light finally came on. I called him several times and I treasure the conversations I had with him by phone and at GES conferences.

    I have learned from many Godly men, from many different backgrounds (i.e. many who are not “Free Grace”), but nobody gave me more of a passion for inductive study of the Word of God more than through men like Zane, and Dr. Radmacher. Although we have said a temporary goodbye to Zane, he has infected thousands of men and women with the passion for the original text, and clarity of the simplicity of the saving message, AND are carrying on this great tradition based upon careful, painstaking, inductive study of God’s Word.

    I agreed with Zane on almost everything. Everyone has disagreements with everyone somewhere, but why focus on the small percentage of disagreement? I read people from Reformed, Lordship camps and enjoy what many of them have to say. My latest favorite is Steve Lawson in his book and messages on “Famine in the Land.” Other than the Lordship/Reformed parts, I agree with him.

    Lets focus on what the Biblical text says on its own, not what people say, focus on what we agree on in it, and move on to minister to people around us. I am not very good at evangelism, and do the best I can. I have never seen people so open to the saving message of Christ. Our faithfulness to Scripture is what will matter the most when we are dead and gone and are judged at the Bema seat (whether you believe in the Bema or not). When we enter eternity, it will shock us all, I am sure, as to what the truth really is, and how smart we thought we were and how stupid we all really were. It will probably take eternity for us to correct our theology.

    FYI. . . for those who wish to view the recording of Zane’s funeral service at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship

    I will leave it up for a while.
    The church facility at Oak Cliff is incredible! Unfortunately I got there too late to get a good ethernet feed and had to use my Verizon broadband modem, so I sacrificed the video to make the audio better. I also missed recording the first few minutes of the service, although I streamed the entire service. I also had to run back and forth between the streaming camera & video camera. Hopefully at GES I will get a helper!! :)

    Someone here mentioned they cannot make it to the GES conference in April. I will webcast plenary sessions next year, just like last year. SWBTS in Fort Worth has excellent tech staff and internet. . . the stream should look really nice both audio and video. I loved working with them.

    Also. . . Bob Wilkins just lost his mother. . . she was 96. He lost Zane, who was a “father” to him, and his earthly mom in a short period of time. Please pray for him.

    In His Grace,
    Don Reiher MDiv, ThM

  42. Dan, I was blessed greatly to read your tribute to Zane, particularly because of your disagreement with his views. And the responses, especially Stacey’s, have also been inspirational. I too (’76 grad) was at DTS in its halcyon years, with Zane and S. Lewis and Harold and Howie and Haddon and Bruce Waltke. And Zane was as academically motivating and spiritually inspirational as any of them. Getting my doctorate at Trinity in the 90’s, I became uncomfortable as Doug Moo (another great teacher) engaged in a critique of Zane’s anti-lordship views that edged into a dismissal of the man himself as antinomian. Moo was gracious to give me equal time upon my request, and I simply shared Zane’s piety and holiness and humility. Thank you for doing the same.

  43. Dan,

    On the lighter side, I remember hearing about a brown bag debate between Johnson and Hodges at DTS. When it was Dr. Johnson’s turn he stated in his perfect southern drawl: “Professor Hodges is the champion of lost causes: the Majority Text and the Cincinnati Reds!” Debate over!

    I had the honor of taking Greek from Zane during his last year (my first) at DTS.


  44. Buck, I understand that the debate between Hodges and Johnson ended up in Hodges soundly defeating Johnson. Johnson was the last of a dying breed, southern gentlemen. And he was unwilling to be vigorous in his debate with Zane because, well, he was too polite. It reminded me that debates don’t always indicate which view is to be preferred. But it also reminds me that Zane was an excellent debater. He could think on his feet rather well.

  45. Dr. Wallace, S. Lewis Johnson was another great that I have admired for some time. And as I mentioned in my post about my observations from Zane Hodges funeral, I think Johnson was also so Christ oriented in his approach so I can see the reluctance to take a hard position. Nonetheless, for 2 scholars that I admire to discuss their positions together, I would love to hear that debate. Do you know where it might be found?

  46. Thanks for your gracious tribute to the man I’ll always remember as Prof Hodges. Because of my highest admiration for his scholarship and character, I was never comfortable with the more familiar “Zane.” Always too much in awe to “get close,” I, nevertheless, followed him attentively and eagerly from a distance. No contemporary has marked my life more than he. I was first attracted to the man; then, his teachings. I’d been so in hopes that he would get to finish his commentary on Romans. I guess I’ll have to wait for the last two chapters.

    See you soon Prof Hodges. And a thousand thanks!

  47. Lisa, I’m afraid I don’t. If you find out, though, please do let me know! I suspect that the audio-visual department at DTS, or the library archives might have it.

  48. I never had Zane for class (back in the days of T. R. Cincinatus)(though I did have you for second year Gk.) but have been impacted by his views and scholarship. Just this week I’ve been rereading two of his Bib Sac articles, one on John 3:5 and the other on the angel at Bethesada which in my limited view remains my favorite Bib Sac article of all time. Googling just now lead me to word of his death and to your blog. Thanks for your many kind words for a man known for his kindness and humility.

  49. Zane Hodges taught me first-year Greek at Dallas. Throughout the year he took attendance every class by means of a short, written quiz. Late in the second semester (some point in late April), Prof Hodges simply started teaching, no quiz. Someone finally blurted out what we had all been thinking “Prof, for the first time in the entire year you didn’t give us a quiz. Why?” Without a flicker of a smile, Prof responded “The Reds won a double-header yesterday” and then promptly went back to his lesson.

    After the gracious teaching of Prof. Hodges through the first year of seminary, I had my baptism of fire in second year Greek as I was assigned to a first year instructor, Daniel Wallace.

    Dan, thanks for the wonderful tribute to Prof Hodges.

  50. Daniel B. Wallace April 3, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Oh, you got stuck with ME after taking Hodges for first-year Greek! I feel sorry for you, Steve. Hopefully, you’ve recovered from the experience!


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    […] Daniel Wallace writes that Zane Hodges, a long time professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, died over the weekend. Hodges was 75 years old. I first heard of Zane Hodges during the controversy over “Lordship Salvation.” He argued for a view of salvation that did not necessarily include perseverance in faith. […]

  5. Zane Hodges 1933-2008 « Articles & Links - November 27, 2008

    […] Zane Hodges 1933-2008 Zane Hodges with the Lord – Information here and here […]

  6. A Comforting Read for those who love exegesis « – Word & Knowledge – - March 13, 2010

    […] is not just isolated to Wilkin but is also testified by Daniel Wallace, who honored him in another tribute concerning his life. In it, Wallace is thankful Hodge didn’t practice his rationalistic […]

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