Marvin Meyer Has Died
by James Tabor
I just received the sad news that Marvin Meyer died yesterday. Marvin and I were friends and colleagues over many years. His wife Bonnie just posted on his Facebook page these touching words:
Hello, Facebook friends of Dr. Marvin Meyer: This is Marv’s wife Bonnie writing the sad news that Marv passed away yesterday, Aug. 16, after a battle with melanoma. His passing was peaceful, surrounded by our family. Our hearts are broken.
My condolences to his family. He was only 64 years old and so very healthy, athletic, energetic, and alive. He is survived by his dear wife Bonita and his children, Stephen, Jonathan, and Elizabeth. You can read some about Marvin and his remarkable career and professional life here, and his CV is here. He was a professor at Chapman University and known best for his work in The Jesus Seminar and on the Gnostic Gospels, including the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and newly discovered the Gospel of Judas. More recently his focus was on phenomenon of ritual and magic in antiquity. Marvin will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him and worked with him. My hope is that those readers of my blog who have not heard of him in life will now find him through his books and articles even though he is now dead.