As the music world farewells the king of pop Michael Jackson, academia mourns the loss of a scholar of truly biblical proportions. Martin Hengel was Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism at Germany’s prestigious University of Tübingen from 1972 until (as Professor Emeritus) his death last Thursday (July 2). The author of dozens of important monographs and literally hundreds of technical articles, Professor Hengel's influence will be long-lasting. John Dickson had the enormous privilege of conducting what was perhaps Hengel’s last full-scale television interview (for a 2008 historical documentary). The uncut interview is made available here in his honour.