A number of bloggers, especially those of us who studied at Durham, are noting the passing of C. E. B. Cranfield. He was around 80 years old when I was in Durham and was unfortunately one of those individuals who had such extreme curvature of the spine that he walked most uncomfortably hunched at what approached a 90 degree angle.
Nijay Gupta's interview with him gives a great sense of his humility and kind spirit, always welcome to visits from students at the university, although I never had any extensive contact with him myself. There were fun stories (in retrospect) about a long-standing rivalry between him and Kingsley Barrett for students.
Cranfield had the unfortunate honor of producing the last major commentary on Romans before the advent of the new perspective on Paul. Despite what you may have heard, there is no going back, not completely. Even those who oppose the new perspective have changed. Cranfield's commentary was destined to be a final monument to the old perspective, produced as it was in the late 70s.
None of that negates the greatness of this man, truly a man after God's own heart. He may not approach the throne with boldness, but the Lord will welcome him with delight.