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Verlyn D. Verbrugge, Zondervan Author
and Editor Passes at 72

Contact:  Jolene Barto
Senior Communications Specialist

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan, June 24, 2015—Verlyn D. Verbrugge, longtime Zondervan editor, author, teaching pastor, and New Testament scholar, died on June 21, 2015 following a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 72 years old.

His death serves as a deep loss to family, friends, publishing colleagues, the academic community, and numerous pastors and leaders around the world whose lives he shaped.

Verbrugge served as one of Zondervan’s principle production editors for 29 years, specializing in areas of New Testament studies and Biblical Greek. Throughout his tenure, his primary focus was Bibles and academic resources in biblical and theological studies, though he also worked on church and ministry resources as well as popular trade books. In total, Verbrugge edited over 700 books and resources for Zondervan, working with a diverse group of authors that included bestselling and award-winning books by Henry Cloud, Bill Hybels, Charles Swindoll, Carolyn Custis James, as well as academic works by scholars such as F. F. Bruce, Thomas Schreiner, Karen Jobes, Moisés Silva, and Kevin Vanhoozer. 

Verbrugge’s work in biblical languages has played a central role in establishing the most widely used line of resources for learning Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. He acquired numerous biblical language textbooks as well as innovative learning tools, reference books, and video/audio resources for the company. He helped craft perennial bestsellers such as Basics of Biblical Greek by William D. Mounce and Basics of Biblical Hebrew by Gary D. Pratico and Miles V. Van Pelt.

Verbrugge penned several noteworthy Zondervan academic resources including the New International Dictionary of the New Testament Theology: Abridged Edition (2000) and Devotions on the Greek New Testament (2012), which he co-edited with J. Scott Duvall. His most recent book Paul & Money: A Biblical and Theological Analysis of the Apostle’s Teachings and Practices, was co-authored with his former PhD student Keith Krell. Released just two days after his death, Paul & Money stands to become the definitive resource for understanding how the apostle interacted with the Jewish and Greco-Roman world of finance. 

Verbrugge earned his PhD from the University of Notre Dame, writing his dissertation on Paul’s leadership in Corinth. For many years, he served on the steering committee of the Pauline Studies Section of the Evangelical Theological Society, and taught New Testament courses at several colleges and seminaries, both in the United States and in Trinidad.

Verbrugge was compassionate, caring, and faithful. Stan Gundry, Zondervan senior vice president, stated, “We thank Verlyn, for who he was and all that he shared with us. We will miss him.” 

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