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Jesuit scholar recalled for sharing love of Gospels as teacher, priest


Jesuit Father Daniel J. Harrington, who died Feb. 7 at age 73, is pictured in an undated photo. Father Harrington, a longtime faculty member of Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry, died at the Campion Center in Weston, Mass., after a four-year battle with cancer. (CNS photo/Lee Pellegrini, Boston College)

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WESTON, Mass. (CNS) -- Jesuit Father Daniel J. Harrington, one of the world's leading New Testament scholars, who died Feb. 7 after a four-year battle with cancer, "changed my life," recalled Jesuit Father James Martin.

"Today, I feel like I see the Gospels through Dan's eyes. ... What I mean is that I see the Gospels with both the eyes of faith and a critical mind," said the priest, who is editor at large of America, the Jesuits' national magazine.

A funeral Mass for Father Harrington, 73, was celebrated the evening of Feb. 12 at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill. On Feb. 13, after a morning Mass for the Jesuit community at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit in Campion Center in Weston, his body was interred in the Jesuit Cemetery there.

Father Harrington was a scholar, author and professor of sacred Scripture at Boston College and at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He wrote more than 60 books on Scripture and the life and times of Jesus, illustrating his dedication to biblical scholarship.

He spent decades as the general editor of New Testament Abstracts, summarizing literature on the New Testament from hundreds of books and journals throughout the world. He also wrote "The Word" column for America magazine for three years.

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