It’s been reported that Hughes Oliphant Old passed away today at the age of 83.
A personal friend of his, Travis Fentiman, reported on Facebook: “Dr. Hughes Oliphant Old, affectionately known as Scotti, one of the word’s leading historians of Christian, reformed worship, and a friend, went to be with our Savior at about 10:30 this morning.”
Another friend on Facebook said, “his wife, Mary, and his children, Hannah and Isaac, were with him at home when he peacefully passed into glory.”
UPDATE: Old’s funeral will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 11am at Providence Presbyterian Church (West Lebanon, NH), followed by interment at Christian Street Cemetery in Wilder, VT.
Old brought to life the history of Christian worship in a way few (if any) will ever match, notably through his magnum opus, a seven-volume series straightforwardly titled: The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church. It is a massive series he launched in 1998 and completed in 2010 at a length of 4,500 pages.
His life and work was a precious gift to the Church and will be for future generations. Old will surely be missed. Here’s a list of individual volumes in his masterful history of preaching and preachers: