George Pixley – Biblical Scholar
Outside his house in Nicaragua, George saw the long line of people waiting to get water. Part of him wished they wouldn’t make such a mess of mud and puddles. But, then, he’d look at the tired women, the sleepy young children, holding their pots and jars, waiting every morning. Waiting. Waiting for their turn at the faucet that poured life giving water into their containers. Then, he was glad. He was so proud of his doctor/father who had put a pipe through their fence to share the hospital’s water with those who would have had to walk long miles to find another source.At the Baptist school in Managua, he had friends who boarded there and couldn’t have attended except through scholarships. His best friend, Gustavo, confided his dream to become a doctor and help those who couldn’t afford one. All these experiences influenced him. And, when a high school professor from Jamaica inspired him by teaching novel ideas about helping the poor, George decided that he too would become a teacher. Others could see his talent in teaching and his insatiable need for serious study, books and professors with depth of knowledge and creativity. While at Kalamazoo College, he won a Danforth Graduate Fellowship that later resulted in a PHD at the University of Chicago. He married Janyce and with their two children went to Puerto Rico where he was professor of Old Testament for Twelve years, and now his concern for the poor was more explicit. In a seminar on “The Kingdom of God” in 1973, all that his life had pointed to came together in the calling to help the poor through Liberation Theology. His own revelation was the connection between the Old Testament story of liberating the captives in Egypt to the New Testament’s liberating mission of Jesus. George spent his life teaching, lecturing, and writing and is a highly regarded biblical scholar in the liberation movement and, by far the most important connection between Process Theology and Liberation Theology.
His own revelation was the connection between the Old Testament story of liberating the captives in Egypt to the New Testament's liberating mission of Jesus.
George wrote almost all of his books in Spanish. Among them were “The Kingdom of God”, translated into African Nigerian, Korean, and Indonesian besides English, Portuguese and German.” Option for the Poor” co-authored with Clodovis Boff and “The History of Israel” were both published in various languages. Janyce and George were appointed missionaries by the American Baptist Board of International Ministries and worked in Mexico for ten years. Lastly, he returned to his beginnings, teaching at the Baptist Seminary of Nicaragua for sixteen years. He and Jaynce moved to Pilgrim Place in 2002. 1. “Theological Reminiscences”, John Cobb
– by Constance Waddell