Geza Vermes RIP
The important scholar of Ancient Judaism, Christianity, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Geza Vermes (1924-2013) has passed away. Besides his important scholarly output, Vermes has an incredible personal story. He was born to Jewish parents in Hungary, and when he was seven years-old he and his parents converted to Catholocism. His parents were then killed during the Shoah, and after the war Vermes eventually made his way to England with a number of stops along the way, including ordination as a priest. In 1970 he joined a London synagogue. An interesting side note is that the seminary in which Vermes studied was in Szatmar/Satmar, Hungary.