On 3 December 2014 the Council of the University of Divinity appointed Brendan Byrne sj as an Emeritus Professor of the University.
In announcing the appointment, Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sherlock said:
“The Council is exceptionally proud of Emeritus Professor Byrne’s scholarly achievements over many years. Not only has he made an internationally acclaimed contribution to New Testament studies, he is also highly regarded for his capacity to communicate his love of the scriptures and the findings of his scholarship to clergy and congregations in the churches in Australia and overseas.
“Emeritus Professor Byrne has served the University faithfully for many decades. His unit on Romans at the United Faculty of Theology has been a highlight for generations of students at Jesuit Theological College, the UFT, and throughout the University. I am especially delighted that he has accepted the Council’s invitation to deliver the address for the University’s Graduation Ceremony in Melbourne on 20 March 2015 when there will be an opportunity to recognise this appointment.
Brendan Byrne is the third person to be appointed an Emeritus Professor by the University, and joins Emeritus Professors Paul Beirne and Christiaan Mostert.
Emeritus Professor Brendan Byrne has rendered outstanding and exceptional service to the University of Divinity. He is internationally renowned for his biblical scholarship, in particular his acclaimed work on Paul’s letter to the Romans. He served as President of the Melbourne College of Divinity from 2000 to 2001 and editor of the journal Pacifica from 2000 to 2010. He has served the Church on major international commissions and through imparting his love of biblical scholarship to clergy and congregations around the world. Through these activities he has greatly enhanced the University’s reputation.