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Archibald Thomas Robertson (1863-1934)

A.T. Robertson was an influential New Testament scholar who served as a professor at Southern Seminary for almost forty years (1895-1934.)A. T. Robertson

Robertson’s books are still consulted today, particularly his Word Pictures in the New Testament and his landmark volume A Grammar of the Greek New Testament in Light of Historical Research. In all, he published forty-five books, several of which are still in print today.

Robertson helped found the Baptist World Alliance in 1900. He was an important Southern Baptist and a well-respected scholar in his day. As the son-in-law of famous preacher John Broadus (Robertson’s grave lies in the shadow of Broadus), Robertson sought to equip his students with the proper tools for good preaching. Here are some quotes of Robertson linking study of the Greek New Testament to preaching:

“The greatest proof that the Bible is inspired is that it has withstood so much bad preaching!”

“God pity the poor preacher who has to hunt for something to preach – and the people who have to listen!”

“Preaching… is the most dangerous thing in the world.”


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  1. R. Mansfield says:

    Robertson is one of my favorite figures in Baptist–nay, CHRISTIAN–history. I wrote a post recently that quoted his admonition for a preacher to stay grounded in his Greek New Testament and not let his biblical languages slide. See http://tinyurl.com/33gcyz

    Also, you and some of your readers might be interested in the “A. T. Robertson Is My Homeboy” tshirt (with “is my homeboy” spelled in Greek: http://www.cafepress.com/thislamp/3707859

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