The collegeville Pastoral Dictionary of Biblical Theology: by- Carroll Stuhlmuller
The General Editor
The Collegeville Pastoral Dictionary of Biblical Theology is from start to finish a tribute to Fr. Carroll Stuhlmueller, C.P. (1923-1994). It was his idea, and his vision and energy, that persuaded the many contributors to join the project. Above all, his unique and powerful blend of biblical scholarship and pastoral dedication embodied the very purpose of this work. For those of us who knew him as a friend and colleague, Carroll left an indelible impression. His life as a priest and biblical scholar spanned a crucial period in the Church, particularly in North America. Carroll’s strong, genuine piety, his vigorous scholarship, and his open, gentle spirit made him a leading and beloved figure in the biblical renewal. He was one of the first contributors, general editor, and then long-time member of the editorial board of The Bible Today.
He was president of the Catholic Biblical Association and an active member all his life. His more than twenty-three books and innumerable articles in scholarly and popular journals, his record of thousands of lectures, retreats, and tapes are testimony to his prodigious contribution to biblical scholarship and to his life-long ministry of the Word.
In many ways this dictionary was to be thecrowning achievement of his career. Carroll guided the editorial board through the design of the entries and in the selection of contributors. He himself wrote the article on “glory” as a guide for the rest of us-ironically it turned out to be the only article in this dictionary that would bear his name. Just as the authors were completing their work and the avalanche of manuscripts was beginning to arrive, Carroll’s own health-so vigorous throughout his ministry-began to break.
In February 1994, with some 80 percent of the work on the dictionary completed, God called Carroll home.