James B. Jordan
James Burrell Jordan (born 31 December 1949) is an American Protestant theologian and author. He is the director of Biblical Horizons ministries, a think tank in Niceville, Florida that publishes books, essays and other media dealing with Bible commentary, Biblical theology, and liturgy.
Early life and education
Jordan was born in Athens, Georgia. After public school, Jordan attended the University of Georgia, where he received a B.A. in comparative literature. While in college, he participated in the Campus Crusade for Christ and Young Americans for Freedom.
He served as a military historian in the United States Air Force and attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, before ultimately earning an M.A. and Th.M. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His master's thesis was on slavery in the Bible. In 1993, Jordan received a D. Litt. from the Central School of Religion for his dissertation on the dietary laws of Moses.
After his 1982 ordination in the Association of Reformed Churches, Jordan served for five years alongside Ray Sutton as associate pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, in Tyler, Texas. He was also the director of Geneva Ministries and Geneva Divinity School.
Since 1988, Jordan has carried out his teaching and writing work full-time through Biblical Horizons, a Niceville, Florida-based research and publishing ministry. Biblical Horizons emphasizes the Trinity and biblical absolutism with a covenant-historical approach to interpretation and a focus on biblical theocracy, eschatology and worship.
In 2011, Wipf and Stock published a Festschrift in Jordan's honor. Glory of Kings: A Festschrift in Honor of James B. Jordan (ISBN 9781608996803) was edited by Peter J. Leithart, and included contributions from Rich Lusk, Douglas Wilson and John Frame.
Bill DeJong characterizes Jordan's approach to biblical hermeneutics as "pastoral typology" - that is, seeing biblical typology as pointing not just to the work of Christ, but also to Christian worship.
Jordan has written many articles and books, including:
- James B. Jordan and Gary North, eds. (1982). Symposium on the Failure of the American Baptist Culture. Geneva Divinity School. ISBN 0-939404-04-4.
- James B. Jordan (1984). The Law of the Covenant: An Exposition of Exodus 21–23. Institute for Christian Economics. ISBN 978-0-930464-02-8.
- James B. Jordan (1999) . Judges: A Practical and Theological Commentary. a reissuing of Judges: God’s War Against Humanism. Wipf & Stock Publishers. ISBN 978-1-57910-249-4. Retrieved 2007-04-02.
- James B. Jordan, ed. (0939404117). The Reconstruction of the Church. Geneva Ministries.
- James B. Jordan (1999) . The Sociology of the Church: Essays in Reconstruction. Wipf & Stock. ISBN 978-1-57910-248-7. Retrieved 2007-04-02.
- Gary North and James B. Jordan (1987). Healer of the Nations: Biblical Blueprints for International Relations. Dominion Press. ISBN 978-0-930462-21-5. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
- James B. Jordan (2000) . Through New Eyes. Wipf & Stock. p. 360. ISBN 978-1-57910-259-3. Retrieved 2007-04-02.
- James B. Jordan (1989). Covenant Sequence in Leviticus and Deuteronomy: Literary Order or Chaos?. Institute for Christian Economics. ISBN 0-930464-22-2.
- John Calvin (James B. Jordan, ed.) (1990) . Covenant Enforced: Sermons on Deuteronomy 27 and 28. Institute for Christian Economics. ISBN 0-930464-33-8.
- James B. Jordan (1994). The liturgy trap: The Bible versus mere tradition in worship. Transfiguration Press. p. 98. ISBN 978-1-883690-04-5.
- James B. Jordan (1999). Creation in Six Days: A Defense of the Traditional Reading of Genesis One. Canon Press. p. 272. ISBN 978-1-885767-62-2. A defense of Young Earth creationism against the framework interpretation of Genesis 1.
- James B. Jordan (2001). Primeval Saints: Studies in the Patriarchs of Genesis. Canon Press. p. 160. ISBN 978-1-885767-86-8.
- James B. Jordan (2007). The Handwriting on the Wall: A Commentary on the Book of Daniel. American Vision. p. 733. ISBN 978-0-915815-63-0.
- James B. Jordan (2008). The Vindication of Jesus Christ. Athenasius Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-0-9753914-8-8.
- James B. Jordan (2009). Crisis, Opportunity, and the Christian Future. Athenasius Press. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-9842439-1-4.
- http://www.biblicalhorizons.com/about/biblicalhorizons/ Biblical Horizons Website
- http://www.biblicalhorizons.com/about/about-james-jordan/ "About: James Jordan"], Biblical Horizons
- DeJong, Bill (2011). "On Earth as It Is in Heaven: The Pastoral Typology of James B. Jordan". In Leithart, Peter. The Glory of Kings: A Festschrift in Honor of James B. Jordan. p. 145.