Sometimes the personal intrudes.
I learned yesterday that one of my graduate school teachers, Gerard Caspary, passed away. Euromad has an elegant post up about his mentor.
In all honesty, I never saw eye-to-eye with the man but he was a towering intellect and (as I say over at Euromad), the one course I took from him, on biblical exegesis, was probably the most important course I've ever taken in my life. I hope, hope, hope that more of his work will come to light.