Archibald Thomas Robertson

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Archibald Thomas Robertson
Born(1863-11-06)November 6, 1863
Cherbury near Chatham, Virginia
DiedSeptember 24, 1934(1934-09-24) (aged 70)
Cause of deathStroke
OccupationAmerican theologian
Spouse(s)Ella Broadus Robertson
Academic background
Academic work
School or traditionSouthern Baptist
InstitutionsSouthern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), Louisville, Kentucky
Main interestsNew Testament Greek
Notable worksWord Pictures of the New Testament and A Grammar of the Greek New Testament in Light of Historical Research

Archibald Thomas Robertson (November 6, 1863 – September 24, 1934) was a Southern Baptist preacher and biblical scholar whose work focused on the New Testament and Koine Greek.


Robertson was born at Cherbury near Chatham, Virginia. He was educated at Wake Forest (N. C.) College (M. A., 1885) and at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), Louisville, Kentucky (Th. M., 1888), where he was thereafter instructor and professor of New Testament interpretation, and remained in that post until one day in 1934, when he dismissed his class early and went home and died of a stroke.

Robertson's books are still consulted today, particularly his Word Pictures in the New Testament and his landmark volume A Grammar of the Greek New Testament in Light of Historical Research. In all, he published 45 books, several of which are still in print today. Robertson helped found the Baptist World Alliance in 1900. He was an important Southern Baptist and a well-respected scholar in his day. Robertson sought to equip his students with the proper tools for good preaching.

As the son-in-law of the famous preacher, John Albert Broadus — Robertson's grave lies in the shadow of Broadus — one of the SBTS co-founders. His wife was Ella Broadus Robertson (19 April 1872 — 5 December 1945) and she wrote such books as The Ministry of Women, Worship in the Home, The Art of Motherhood, and These Things Remain. She was also the editor of The Child's Bible. They are buried next to one another in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville. The Epitaph on his tombstone "To me, to live is Christ and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21).[1]


Here are some quotes of Robertson linking the study of the Greek New Testament to preaching:

  • "The greatest proof that the Bible is inspired is that it has withstood so much bad preaching!"
  • "God pity the poor preacher who has to hunt for something to preach — and the people who have to listen!"
  • "Preaching... is the most dangerous thing in the world."


  • Syllabus for New Testament Greek Syntax (1900)
  • Life and Letters of John Albert Broadus (1901)
  • Bibliography of New Testament Greek (1903)
  • Teaching of Jesus Concerning God the Father (1904)
  • Epochs in the Life of Jesus (1907)
  • Short Grammar of the Greek New Testament (1908; Italian translation, 1910; German translation, 1911; French translation, 1911; Dutch translation, 1912)
  • Epochs in the Life of Paul (1909; new edition, 1914)
  • John the Loyal, or Studies in the Ministry of the Baptist (1911; new edition, 1915)
  • The Glory of the Ministry (1911)
  • A Grammar of the Greek New Testament in the Light of Historical Research (1914)
  • Practical and Social Aspects of Christianity (1915)
  • Studies in the New Testament (1915)
  • The New Citizenship (1919)
  • Luke the Historian in the Light of Historical Research (1920)
  • The Pharisees and Jesus (1920)
  • Types of Preachers in the New Testament (1922)
  • The Minister and His Greek New Testament (1923)
  • An Introduction to the Textual Criticism of the New Testament (1925)
  • Word Pictures of the New Testament (1927)
  • Some Minor Characters in the New Testament (1928)
  • Paul and the Intellectuals: The Epistle to the Colossians (1928)
  • A Harmony of the Gospels (1922)
  • Passing on the Torch and Other Sermons (1934)


  1. ^ p. 73. Christianity Today 59.6, July/August 2015.
  • Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.

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