R. K. Harrison

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Roland Kenneth Harrison (4 August 1920 – May 2 1993) was an Old Testament scholar.

Harrison studied at the University of London (B.D., 1943; M.Th., 1947, Ph.D., 1952) and taught at Clifton College, Bristol from 1947 to 1949, before his appointment as Hellmuth Professor of Old Testament Studies at Huron College, University of Western Ontario. In 1960 he became Professor of Old Testament Studies at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, where he stayed until his retirement in 1986.[1]

Harrison is best known[2] for his Introduction to the Old Testament (1969) but wrote many other books, including commentaries on Leviticus (ISBN 184474258X) and Jeremiah and Lamentations (ISBN 0830842217). He was on the Executive Review Committee of the New King James Version.[3] and translated several of the Minor Prophets in the New International Version.[4] Together with Merrill Unger, he edited The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary.

In 1988, a Festschrift was published in his honour, Israel's apostasy and restoration: essays in honor of Roland K Harrison (ISBN 0801038308). Edited by Avraham Gileadi, it included contributions by Clarence Hassell Bullock, Eugene Merrill and Bruce Waltke.

Harrison married Kathleen Beattie in 1945, and they had three children.[1]

See also[edit]

  • Olaf M. Norlie – whose Simplified New Testament was published along with Harrison's The Psalms for Today in the same binding


  1. ^ a b Taylor, J. Glen (1999). "R. K. Harrison". In Walter A. Elwell and J. D. Weaver. Bible Interpreters of the 20th Century. Grand Rapids: Baker. p. 314. 
  2. ^ Taylor, 312.
  3. ^ New King James Version
  4. ^ Taylor, 316.