There are not too many biblical scholars who
(1) converse in Italian, Dutch, German, French, Spanish, and English;
(2) are as at home in Latin and Greek as they are in Hebrew and Aramaic:
(3) participate in interconfessional and interfaith initiatives, all the while wearing their own confessional identity without apology and without hypocrisy.
Jan Alberto Soggin, a beloved professor of mine, was all of these things. He died yesterday, October 28th. His funeral took place today in the Waldensian church where he has been a faithful member for decades, la chiesa di via IV Novembre in the very heart of Rome, Italy.