John Haralson HayesA distinguished, internationally recognized scholar of the Old Testament whose loves included travel and taking care of his Alabama farm, Candler Professor Emeritus Dr. John Haralson Hayes passed away on July 11 at the age of 79.

The former Franklin Nutting Parker Professor of Old Testament, Dr. Hayes retired from Candler in 2007 following 35 years on the faculty. He wrote or co-wrote more than 40 books, including his most recent, the semi-autobiographical novel, Abanda, which appeared in 2012.

Carl Holladay, Charles Howard Candler Professor of New Testament Studies, knew Dr. Hayes for three decades, co-wrote several books with him and paid tribute to him during a July 14 ceremony at Dr. Hayes’ home church, Five Points Baptist, in Five Points, Ala.

Holladay not only recalled Dr. Hayes’ love for animals, farming and his fellow man, he also credited his friend for teaching the Bible in innovative ways.

“Knowing our tendency to make the Bible say what we want it to say, John would insist on letting the Bible speak for itself in all its rawness and ambiguity, but also in its clarity; to speak to us in its richness.”

Dr. Hayes is survived by three children and many other family members and friends.

Click here to read Carl Holladay’s tribute to Dr. Hayes in its entirety.

Click here to read Dr. Hayes’ obituary in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Click here to read the Society of Biblical Literature obituary for Dr. Hayes.

Click here for a collection of tributes from Hayes' colleagues and friends on the Marginalia Review of Books.