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Dr John Whitcomb

Dr. John C. Whitcomb


Theology Professor, Old Testament Scholar
(AiG–USA)

Biography

Dr. John C. Whitcomb has been a professor of Old Testament and theology for more than 50 years, and is widely recognized as a leading Bible scholar. He taught at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana, from 1951 to 1990, and gained much recognition for his work on The Genesis Flood, which he co-authored with Dr. Henry Morris in 1961. This book has been credited as one of the major catalysts for the modern creationism movement.

Among Dr. Whitcomb’s other published works are The Early Earth and The World That Perished, and commentaries on Esther and Daniel. Additionally, he has authored six widely circulated comprehensive Bible charts, numerous multimedia slides, and countless biblical and theological articles.

He graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1948 with a B.A. degree, majoring in ancient and European history. At the end of his freshman year at Princeton, he was led to Christ by Donald B. Fullerton, a former missionary to India.

In 1951, he graduated from Grace Theological Seminary with the B.D. degree (high honors) and received the Th.M. degree in 1953 and Th.D. degree in 1957 from the same institution. From 1951 to 1990, he taught in the Department of Old Testament and also in the Department of Christian Theology, in which he served as chairman for many of these years. For twenty years he also served as Director of Doctoral Studies, and for ten years as Editor of Grace Theological Journal.

From 1962 to 1990, he was President of the Board of Spanish World Gospel Missions, Inc., and served on the Board of Trustees of Grace Brethren Foreign Missions (Rev. John W. Zielasko, Executive Director) for twenty years, several of these years as Chairman of the Board.

Dr. Whitcomb lived in China three years (1927–30), served his country in Europe (1944–46), visited mission stations in Peru (1950), helped in the establishment of a church in Puerto Rico under the auspices of Grace Brethren Foreign Missions (1958–59), helped at an extension program for Grace Seminary in France (1958–89), and has lectured in Canada, Latin America, Western Europe, Central African Republic, the Far East, and in most states of the United States. He has been on two study tours of the Holy Land (1952, 82).

Dr. Whitcomb now serves as president of Whitcomb Ministries, Inc., and resides in Indianapolis with his wife Norma. His life and ministry may be summed up in this quotation: “I want to be in the full-time business of finding out what God says and telling as many people as I can.”

Education

Princeton University, 1948 — B.A. degree, majoring in ancient and European history.

Grace Theological Seminary, 1951 — B.D. degree (high honors), 1953 — Th.M. degree, 1957 — Th.D. degree

Honors/Awards/Associations

Dr Whitcomb graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1948.
He graduated from Grace Theological Seminary in 1951 with high honors.

Publications

He authored a defence of the Book of Daniel entitled, Darius the Mede (1959); coauthored with Dr Henry M. Morris a defense of the universality of the Flood entitled, The Genesis Flood (36th printing, 1992); contributed to the commentaries on Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther in the Wycliffe Bible Commentary (1962); published charts on Old Testament chronology (over 300,000 in print); coauthored with Dr. Donald DeYoung a book entitled, The Moon: Its Creation, Form and Significance (1978); in 1979 authored Esther: The Triumph of God’s Sovereignty, in 1985 a commentary on Daniel (both by Moody Press); and The Early Earth: An Introduction to Biblical Creationism (1986), The World That Perished: An Introduction to Biblical Catastrophism (1988), coauthored with Dr John Davis a volume entitled, Israel: A Commentary on Joshua–2 Kings (combined paper edition, 1989), all three books by Baker Book House. He has also produced sixteen audio cassette albums and eighteen video tapes.

Selected presentations

  • The Creator of the World
  • The Origin of the Universe
  • The Origin of Life
  • Is There Life on Other Planets?
  • The Origin of Mankind
  • Cave Men and Ape Men
  • What is Man?
  • Dinosaurs and Men
  • The Original Perfection of the World
  • The Flood and the Final Judgment
  • The Flood and Modern Geology
  • The Tower of Babel
  • The Supernatural Origin of the Bible
  • The Conversion of an Evolutionist
  • Be Ready to Give an Answer
  • Dinosaurs and the Book of Job
  • Dinosaurs and the Book of Genesis
  • Dinosaurs and Modern Discovery

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