An educational genealogy

My Christian Philosophy professor passed out this handout today:

The Distinguished Educational Genealogy
Of the students at
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Showing a direct line to John Calvin (1509-1564)
(originally partially compiled by Richard Gardiner, Class of 1995,
at Princeton Theological Seminary)

Dr. JAMES PARKER, III is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, who, while a student at Princeton, sat at the feet of:
Dr. BRUCE M. METZGER, who as a graduate of the seminary (class of 1933), was a student of:
Dr. JOHN ALEXANDER MACKAY, who was also a graduate of the seminary (class of 1915), was a student of:
Dr. BENJAMIN B. WARFIELD, who was also a graduate of the seminary (1876), being a student of:
Dr. CHARLES HODGE, a Princeton Seminary graduate (1819) who, for many years sat at the feet of:
Dr. ARCHIBALD ALEXANDER, who was the pupil of:
WILLIAM GRAHAM, a graduate of the College of New Jersey (Princeton University) in the year 1773, and as such, was under the tutelage of:
Dr. SAMUEL STANHOPE SMITH, who was himself tutored in the same College by:
Dr. JONATHAN EDWARDS, JR., who obviously sat at the feet of:
JONATHAN EDWARDS, the third president of Princeton, being educated at both Yale (A.M., 1773) and as an apprentice to his grandfather:
SOLOMON STODDARD, of Northampton, Massachusetts, who was educated at Harvard College (A.B., 1662) at the feet of:
Dr. CHARLES CHAUNCY, an immigrant to this country, having been trained at Trinity College, Cambridge University, at the feet of:
ARCHBISHOP JAMES USSHER, the celebrated Hebraic scholar who was a pupil of:
WALTER TRAVERS, the Puritan divine at Christ’s College, Cambridge (an associate of Thomas Cartwright and William Perkins) who traveled to Geneva to come under the instruction of:
THEODORE BEZA, the heir of the Reformed movement of his mentor and friend:

As I consider this amazing heritage that I have joined, I am reminded of Hebrews 13:7-8:

Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

The reason I can imitate the faith of these heroes is because Jesus Christ is always and forever faithful and unchanging. May He grant me the grace to be faithful to the God of my educational forefathers.

Side note for my friend Dan: Before you leave a comment about the large number of Presbyterian theologians in this list, I can also take the latter part through a more Baptist route. =)

All of the professors teaching at SBTS today who graduated from SBTS sat under the teaching of:
Dr. JOHN PAULHILL, who was a student of:
Dr. A.T. ROBERTSON, the famous Greek professor, having studied under:
Dr. JAMES P. BOYCE, who was one of the founders of Southern Seminary, having sat under:

One thought on “An educational genealogy

  1. dan January 10, 2006 / 2:18 pm

    But you can’t make the link to Calvin without Presbyterians…that’s gotta mean that infant baptism is right:)


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