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John Murray

1898-1975

A Memorial with Tributes

Iain Murray

Reformed Presbyterian Theologian
Professor at Westminster Theological Seminary

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It is not uncommon to find that great skill in exegesis and theology and great skill in writing are not both possessed by the same man. In John Murray they most certainly were. He was a teacher, writer, exegete, and theologian of the highest order. His two-volume commentary on Romans is a classic example of scholarship and clarity.

Since this is a biography, you will find a number of statements by Murray that give insight on various issues not often addressed in theological books. For example, Dr. Norman Shepherd once mentioned to Murray how the Lord called J. Gresham Machen home while he was still relatively young and was finally in a position to begin serving the Lord in a hospitable rather than hostile environment. Murray suggested that in the wisdom of God many men as a result were compelled to step out and assume responsibility for doing what they might have otherwise depended on Machen to do for them.

Other books written by John Murray include:

  • The Imputation of Adam's Sin (Eerdmans, 1959)
  • Redemption Accomplished and Applied (Eerdmans, 1955)
  • Principles of Conduct (Eerdmans, 1957)
  • Christian Baptism (Presbyterian and Reformed, 1974)
  • Divorce (Presbyterian and Reformed, 1976)

The booklet we posted here is a short biography of John Murray:

Iain Murray, John Murray: of Badbea, and Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1975).

It represents easy reading and gives great insight into this devout man of God.

Murray taught Systematic Theology for one year at Princeton Theological Seminary (school year 1929-30), following in the footsteps of the great Princeton theologians Archibald Alexander, Charles Hodge, A. A. Hodge, and B. B. Warfield. But in 1929, after Murray had agreed to teach there, Princeton was "reorganized" to embrace a more "moderate" theology. Thus after that one year, Murray accepted a call to the one-year-old Westminster Theological Seminary formed by many of Princeton's conservative professors. Murray then taught Systematic Theology at Westminster for the remainder of his teaching career. When he retired from Westminster after the school year 1966-1967, he returned to his native country of Scotland where he had a pastoral ministry.

The booklet has six chapters plus a collection of several reflections by various friends and colleagues, which we call here "Chapter 7." Some punctuation changes have been made for increased clarity, but otherwise the text is as it appears in The Banner of Truth Trust publication of 1975.

Preface and Chapter 1

The Youngest Son of Badbea, 1898-1924

Chapter 2

By Ways Not Known, 1924-1930

Chapter 3

The Struggles of the 'Thirties

Chapter 4

Glimpses of Work in the War Years

Chapter 5

The Wider Influence

Chapter 6

The New Work

Chapter 7

Memories and Reflections

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