01 March 2019

John Symons writes:

OVER the years, I met Canon Michael Green (News and Gazette, 15 February) four or five times only, and was struck by his modesty, humility, and directness. But, at Oxford and Cambridge, he and I were lucky enough to be taught by the same people, with a gap of 15 or so years. Their attitude to him is instructive.

At Exeter College, Oxford, our tutor in ancient history was Dr Dacre Balsdon, a remarkable Romanist, sophisticated and witty, as well as a kind man and brilliant writer and teacher. Michael Green’s name came up occasionally, for instance when he came to preach in chapel. Dacre’s face lit up at his memory, and he spoke warmly of his writing and influence. Dacre was a devout Anglo-Catholic.

Readers know more, probably, of Professor Charlie Moule, who taught Michael Green at Cambridge. My wife and I were lucky enough to be his friends for 40 or more years. He used to speak of Michael with delight and respect, and took a special pleasure in inviting him to speak to his celebrated New Testament senior seminar at Cambridge on 2 Peter, which, Michael had argued, was the work of none other than Peter himself. He tremendously admired Michael’s work as an evangelist.

These memories indicate the breadth of Michael’s appeal to all sorts and conditions.


The Revd Neville Manning writes:

FROM 1965 to 1968, I was an ordinand at the London College of Divinity. In the early part of that time, I struggled with New Testament Greek, which was a requirement for those of us working for a London BD. Michael very kindly gave me a great deal of extra tuition, in spite of many demands on his time, and for this I have always been grateful. I expect that others could replicate this kind of story of his personal encouragement and support.

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