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R. K. Harrison (1920–1993)

Author of Jeremiah & Lamentations

28+ Works 4,337 Members 14 Reviews

About the Author

R. K. Harrison (1920-1993; PhD, University of London) was professor of Old Testament at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. He was the author of numerous books, including Introduction to the Old Testament, and was general editor of the New International Commentary on the Old Testament show more series. show less


Works by R. K. Harrison

Jeremiah & Lamentations (1973) 899 copies, 4 reviews
Introduction to the Old Testament (1969) — Author; some editions — 794 copies, 2 reviews
The New Unger's Bible Dictionary (1957) 615 copies, 2 reviews
Teach Yourself Biblical Hebrew (1955) 360 copies, 2 reviews
Old Testament Times (1970) 340 copies
Encyclopedia of Biblical and Christian Ethics (1982) — Editor — 114 copies, 1 review

Associated Works

Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Dictionary: Completely Revised and Updated Edition (1995) — Editor, some editions — 513 copies, 3 reviews


Common Knowledge



Harrison spends most of his pages explaining the various contending viewpoints of the scholars (primarily German, British, and American) of the 19th and early 20th centuries, then demolishes all of them on two fronts: the many differing opinions on the dating and authorship can't all be correct; the current (1960s) archeological record doesn't support any of them.
He has a droll way of s them that I find very amusing.
He has little patience for their habits of emending the Hebrew, or even moving verses and chapters around, to support their contentions, and generally favors the traditional Masoretic Text (MT), with occasional nods to one or another codex of the Septuagint (LXX), while also acknowledging the Essene texts and the Dead Sea Scrolls.… (more)
librisissimo | 1 other review | Apr 13, 2021 |
Unger's Bible Dictionary has been one of the bestselling Bible dictionaries on the market since its introduction in 1957. Now this time-honored classic is more valuable than ever. Updated and expanded by respected Bible authorities including R.K. Harrison, Howard F. Vos, and Cyril J. Barber, The New Unger's Bible Dictionary is packed with the most current scholarship. More than 67,000 entries are supplemented with detailed essays, colorful photography and maps, and dozens of charts and illustrations to enhance your understanding of God's Word. Although this volume is based on the New American Standard, extensive cross-referencing makes it useful with all major Bible translations, including the New International, King James, and New King James versions.… (more)
Fellowshipwc | 1 other review | Sep 5, 2020 |
With the ancient Near East in a state of ferment and the nation of Judah experiencing a succession of political crises, God stationed a man on the scene to speak the divine word. Jeremiah was called by God to the unhappy task of telling an unheeding nation it was going to be judged and destroyed. Often he seemed to despair, yet he continued to utter God's truth fearlessly, leaving as part of his spiritual legacy a demonstration of a man's ability to make religious life an essentially personal relationship with God. The structural analysis of this commentary, along with the historical and cultural background it provides, opens up to modern readers one of the Old Testament's most fascinating books.… (more)
Paul_Brunning | 3 other reviews | Apr 26, 2016 |
A good conservative commentary on Leviticus. The author accepts the inspiration of the work and its overall Mosaic authorship. Sound exegesis of the book overall. While some explanations are a bit helpful, they sometimes feel as if the reasons for the laws are being a bit forced. Christian applications are made, even if a bit forced. A good resource.
deusvitae | 2 other reviews | Jun 11, 2008 |


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