BIBLICAL EXEGESIS: Its Influence Upon the Theologian and Preacher
William G.T. Shedd
On Monday evening, January 11, 1864 William G.T. Shedd D.D. was inaugurated into the Chair of 'Biblical Literature,' in the Union Theological Seminary in New York. The services were held in the Madison Square Church, and Charles Butler, Esq., Vice-President of the Board of Directors, presided on the occasion, and put the constitutional questions to the Professor elect. The services were opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr. George L. Prentiss. After the Induction of Professor Shedd, the Charge was delivered in behalf of the Directors by the Rev. William Adams, D.D., of New York.
The Memorable Address that is found in this booklet was delivered that evening by Prof. Shedd and was entitled BIBLICAL EXEGESIS: Its Influence Upon the Theologian and Preacher. With this outstanding address Shedd made clear his absolute commitment to Biblical Authority and the role exegesis must hold for the Theologian and the Preacher. This work is a must read for all who are called to study and teach the Holy Scriptures in the Seminary Classroom, the local Church or even in the home.
Shedd concludes his address with these solemn words: "It is to such a high office and work as this, that you have called me, Fathers and Brethren, Directors of Union Seminary. That I do not feel sufficient for this thing, I need not say. I cannot bring to this chair the accurate grammatical discipline, the solid philological learning, and the remarkable geographical knowledge of the eminent scholar whom I succeed. But I can, I trust, bring to it an ever-deepening reverence for the Divine Word, a firm confidence in its infallibility, and an increasing sense of dependence upon the illumination of the Divine Spirit. If these be in any Christian man and abound, they will make him that he shall neither be barren nor unfruitful. For they will stimulate him to study, to investigate, to analyze; and they will pour the clear and guiding light of heaven itself over all his studies, all his investigations, and all his analyses."
Shedd went on to serve faithfully this post of Biblical Literature at Union until 1874, when he was appointed to the Chair of Systematic Theology where he faithfully served until 1890. It was during the final years of his service at Union that he began his life-work, his great three volume DOGMATIC THEOLOGY.
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