Bible scholar and author John R. Kohlenberger III passed away on September 29, 2015. He was 64 years old.
John was both a visionary and a highly accomplished craftsman in the service of making Scripture more accessible to the academy, the person in the pew, and those who had not found their way to a pew. The well-conceived system of Bible concordances he built with Ed Goodrick provided the foundation for a large family of Bible reference products that have facilitated Bible study at all levels. He began this good work before the digital age, and it will only be enhanced and made more widely available as the digital age advances.
In the decade of the 1990s he worked with B&H Publishing Group as a typesetter of a student Bible and on the Holman Bible Atlas. He had an eye for the aesthetics of typesetting as well as a passion for accuracy.
When he first learned that he had advanced prostate cancer on September 27, 2002, he wrote to B&H with some questions about the availability of some editions of the One Minute Bible. His practice was to buy copies of this unique resource he had envisioned and designed in order to give them away—especially to those outside the church. He referred to this marvelous tool as “the world’s largest tract.”
Steve Bond is Editor for Bibles and Reference Books at B&H Publishing Group.