F.F. Bruce, a Life by Tim Grass, pgs226-7.
In conclusion, we could view Bruce as a 'believing critic', and his sympathy for William Robertson Smith tends to confirm this(3). Perhaps too he was a popularizer of scholarly work, in the best sense of the word. but I would suggest that the most important way to regard him is as a teacher who sought to use his gifts to build up the church and to offer a credible account of the sources on which the Christian faith is founded; David Hubbard, who was president of Fuller Seminary, testified to how Bruce's 'blend of learnedness, clarity, diligence, even-handedness, and devotion to the gospel' had influenced him during the 1960s(4). And Bruce taught not only by his words and writings, but by his life. For that life, many continue to give thanks.
A life I wish I had known, but I believe that his example offers much to me personally. Hopefully I can be as such as he was.
1. The Epistle to the Colossians, To Philemon and to the Ephesians, pg. xii.
2. IR, pg172-3. Various personal confirmations as well.
3. e.g. F.F. Bruce, The Canon of Scripture.
4. David A. Hubbard, 'Evangelicals and Biblical Scholarship, 1945-1992: An Anecdotal Commentary', Bulletin for Biblical Research 3 (1993): PP. 1-16