J. Alec Motyer

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J. Alec Motyer
Born
John Alexander Motyer

(1924-08-30)30 August 1924
Dublin, Ireland
Died26 August 2016(2016-08-26) (aged 91)
NationalityIrish
Ecclesiastical career
ReligionChristianity (Anglican)
ChurchChurch of England
Ordained
  • 1947 (deacon)
  • 1948 (priest)
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
DisciplineBiblical studies
School or traditionEvangelical Anglicanism
Institutions
Notable works
  • The Prophecy of Isaiah (1993)
  • Isaiah (1999)

John Alexander Motyer (1924–2016), known as J. Alec Motyer, was an Irish biblical scholar. He was Vice-Principal of Clifton Theological College and vicar of St. Luke's, Hampstead, and Christ Church, Westbourne (Bournemouth) (1981–1989), before becoming Principal of Trinity College, Bristol. He spent his later years in Poynton, Cheshire.

Motyer was born in Dublin on 30 August 1924 and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he received Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Bachelor of Divinity degrees. He trained to become an Anglican minister at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

Tremper Longman III describes him as a "competent and popular expositor",[1] while Tim Keller has said that Motyer and Edmund Clowney were "the fathers of my preaching ministry".[2] By contrast, Motyer's own opinion of himself was, "I’m not really a scholar. I’m just a man who loves the Word of God.”[3]

He died on 26 August 2016.[4]

Published works[edit]

  • ——— (1959). The Revelation of the Divine Name. Tyndale Old Testament lecture, 1956. London: Tyndale Press. OCLC 7051352.
  • ——— (1966). The Richness of Christ: Studies in the Letter to the Phillippians. London: Inter-Varsity Fellowship. OCLC 1577277.
  • Motyer, J. Alec; Guthrie, Donald; Davidson, Francis, eds. (1970). The New Bible Commentary, revised. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. OCLC 82785.
  • ——— (1974). The Day of the Lion: The Message of Amos. Voice of the Old Testament (1st ed.). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-877-84766-3.
  • ——— (1984). The Message of Philippians: Jesus Our Joy. Bible Speaks Today. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-877-84310-8.
  • ——— (1985). The Message of James: The Tests of Faith. Bible Speaks Today. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-877-84292-7.
  • ——— (1988). The Message of Amos: The Day of the Lion. Bible Speaks Today (2nd ed.). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-877-84283-5. - reissue of the 1974 title.
  • ——— (1993). The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction & Commentary. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-830-81593-7.
  • ——— (1999). Isaiah. Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-830-84220-9.
  • ——— (2001). The Story of the Old Testament: Men with a Message. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. ISBN 978-0-801-01230-3.
  • ——— (2005). The Message of Exodus: The Days of Our Pilgrimage. Bible Speaks Today. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-830-82427-4.
  • ——— (2009). Roots: Let the Old Testament Speak (revised ed.). Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications. ISBN 978-1-845-50506-6. - reissue of The Story of the Old Testament
  • ——— (2011). Isaiah by the Day: A New Devotional Translation. Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications. ISBN 978-1-84550-654-4.
  • ——— (2013). Preaching?: Simple Teaching on Simply Preaching. Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications. ISBN 978-1-781-91130-3.
  • ——— (2016). Psalms by the Day: A New Devotional Translation. Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications. ISBN 978-1-781-91716-9.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tremper Longman III, Old Testament Commentary Survey, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999), 150.
  2. ^ Mesa, Ivan. "Whom Do Tim Keller and Don Carson Look Up To?". The Gospel Coalition. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  3. ^ "J. Alec Motyer - Banner of Truth". 2000-05-09. Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  4. ^ Cameron, Julia (9 September 2016). "The Revd Dr John Alexander Motyer". Church Times. London. Retrieved 30 October 2019.

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Academic offices
New office Principal of Trinity College, Bristol
1971–1981
Succeeded by
Joyce Baldwin