One of my favorite New Testament scholars and commentators, R.T. France has passed away. I am very saddened to hear this news. His commentaries on Mark (NIGTC) and Matthew (NICNT) were two of my favorite commentaries. He was able to write with such clarity about complex matters. France was also a member of the Committee on Bible Translation for the NIV.
It's always sobering to think the impact that scholars can have on people like me whom they have never met. I only wish I could have told him how his work impacted me.