Gleanings From The John H. Sailhamer Papers At Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary -- By: Kevin S. Chen

Journal: Southeastern Theological Review
Volume: STR 09:1 (Spring 2018)
Article: Gleanings From The John H. Sailhamer Papers At Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Author: Kevin S. Chen

Gleanings From The John H. Sailhamer Papers At Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Kevin S. Chen

Union University

The personal papers of Dr. John H. Sailhamer are housed in the archives at the Library at Southeastern Seminary and are available for study and research. This voluminous collection is comprised of over 2,200 items that span his 36-year teaching career (1974–2010). Particularly valuable are his class notes and unpublished drafts. Viewed against the backdrop of his published work, these materials provide additional insight into Sailhamer’s thought and scholarship because they sometimes deal with topics that were not treated (or treated in as much detail) in his published work. They also show the development of his thought on some issues. Further research would undoubtedly reveal even more about the ideas of this eminent evangelical OT scholar.

Key Words: development of thought, gleanings, John Sailhamer, research, Southeastern Seminary, unpublished papers


The purpose of this essay is fourfold: (1) to raise awareness of the John H. Sailhamer papers and their value for research purposes, (2) to provide a brief orientation to these papers as an aid to their use, (3) to share gleanings from my research in these materials, and (4) to suggest areas of further research.1

The John H. Sailhamer Papers And Their Value

Dr. John H. Sailhamer (1946–2017) was a leading evangelical Old Testament and Hebrew scholar who taught at Southeastern from 1999–2006. It was his second-to-last institution during his illustrious 36-year career. His passing on January 9, 2017 brought about a renewed reflection on his life and scholarship. In a written statement read at his memorial service, Walter Kaiser remarked, “John Sailhamer was always one of my closest friends and a real source of theological stimulation.”2 This service also included written statements by Chuck Swindoll, Wayne Grudem, and John Piper, who called Sailhamer’s life “a great life” and credited him with assisting him in sermon preparation, encouraging him during the Open Theism controversy, and supporting his “wild idea” to start a seminary.3 In a video recording that was part of a separate remembrance service at Sailhamer’s last institution, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (now Gateway Seminary), four-time colleague David Howard, Jr. called him “a great influence on me” and “one of the brightest people I’ve ever met.”You must have a subscription and be logged in to read the entire article.
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