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New Testament

John Broadus
John Broadus

John Albert Broadus (1827-1895) was a towering figure in the field of theological education and Baptist ministry in the 19th century. Born in Culpeper County, Virginia, Broadus' early life was marked by a deep love of literature and an unwavering commitment to Christian faith, which would guide his entire career.

Broadus' academic journey began at the University of Virginia, where he excelled in his studies, particularly in classics and moral philosophy. After graduating, his path took a definitive turn towards ministry and theological education. He was ordained in 1850 and quickly became recognized for his eloquent preaching and profound understanding of the Bible.

In 1859, Broadus became one of the four founding faculty members of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, initially located in Greenville, South Carolina, and later relocated to Louisville, Kentucky. His role as a professor of New Testament interpretation and homiletics was pivotal in shaping the seminary's direction and influence. Broadus' commitment to rigorous academic scholarship and his passion for preaching were infectious, inspiring generations of students.

Broadus' contributions to Baptist theology and pastoral practice were numerous, but he is perhaps best remembered for his seminal work, "A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew." Published in 1886, this work exemplified his meticulous approach to biblical exegesis and his deep reverence for the Scriptures. It remains a valued resource for preachers and scholars alike.

Beyond his academic and theological achievements, Broadus was a staunch advocate for religious education and the expansion of Baptist missions. He served in various capacities within the Southern Baptist Convention, contributing significantly to its growth and doctrinal development.

John A. Broadus passed away in 1895, leaving behind a legacy characterized by academic excellence, devout faith, and a profound impact on American religious life. His work continues to inspire and guide those in the field of theological studies and pastoral ministry.

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