NT scholar, born in Carlisle on 12 January 1934. He read classics and Divinity at Aberdeen, trained at Wesley House, Cambridge and studied for a year at Göttingen University under Joachim Jeremias. For two years he was Assistant Tutor at Didsbury College, Bristol and from 1964 was lecturer and then Professor of NT Exegesis at King's College, Aberdeen University.
A leading British evangelical scholar, he has written important commentaries on Luke (1978), The Epistles of John (1978), Acts (1980), 1 & 2 Thessalonians (1983), 1 Peter (1991) and Philippians (1992), as well as Luke: Theologian and Historian (1970), I Believe in the Historical Jesus (1977), The Origins of New Testament Christology (1977), Last Supper and Lord's Supper (1980) and The Acts of the Apostles in the 'New Testament Guides' series (1992). He gave the 1992 Peake Memorial Lecture on the Pastoral Epistles under the title 'Sometimes only Orthodox'. He has also edited important collections of articles, including New Testament Interpretation (1977) and since 1981 has been the editor of The Evangelical Quarterly. His writing is noted for its clarity, fluency, lucid ordering of material, extensive knowledge and extremely fair treatment of views with which he does not agree.
He died on 12 December 2015.