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Zane Hodges

Zane Clark Hodges graduated magna cum laude in Wheaton College's class of 1954 and Dallas Seminary ThM degree '58. He served as professor of New Testament and Greek for 27 years at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Born June 15, 1932 of Z.C. Sr. and Virginia Hodges in Ardmore,OK, he grew up in Chambersburg, PA where father was employed by the government at the Letterkenny Ordnance Depot. The staunch Plymouth Brethren family, including younger brother David, vacationed at the denomination's Greenwood Hills Bible Conference. Attending Wheaton College, Hodges majored in Greek, attended Bethany Chapel (Brethren) on College Avenue. Beltonian literary society attracted the serious-minded and Hodges served as parliamentarian, corresponding secretary and president. Hodges was among 37 classmates elected to the Scholastic Honor Society.

While still studying in seminary he embraced a ministry totally new to him--working with Hispanic youth in South Dallas at The Old Mission. Even not speaking Spanish he stuck with it for some 15 years, leading a youth club later in Little Mexico and actually, in 1959, moving into the neighborhood.

He loved the classroom and, having served for a year as chairman of the seminary's New Testament Department, he realized administration was not his gift and cheerfully returned to his students.

Hodges' church life centered at Victor Street Bible Chapel (formerly The Old Mission) in Dallas where he taught and preached for some 40 years.

Upon retirement from DTS in 1986 he formed Kerugma Inc.--later Kerugma Ministries--the arm of his writing and publishing ministry out of his home. He was currently working on a commentary on Romans and issuing an expository newsletter going through 2 Peter.

Hodges died on November 28 at age 76.

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