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Michael Barrett (theologian)

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Michael Barrett (born September 18, 1949)[not verified in body] is Academic Dean and Professor of Old Testament at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary,[not verified in body] and a former president of Geneva Reformed Seminary.

Early life and education[edit]

Born Michael Paul Vernon Barrett on September 18, 1949,[citation needed] Barrett became a Christian as a child.[citation needed] He reports having experienced a "call" to Christian ministry early during college at Bob Jones University.[citation needed] He earned his doctorate in Old Testament Text at BJU with a special focus on Semitic languages.[citation needed][nb 1]


A former member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod, Barrett helped to establish the Free Presbyterian Church in the United States during the late 1970s and 1980s, and served for many years under Alan Cairns in the Greenville assembly.[citation needed][dead link]

Barrett was Professor of Ancient Languages and Old Testament Theology and Interpretation at BJU for almost thirty years.[when?][citation needed] He assumed the presidency of Geneva Reformed Seminary in the fall of 2000.[citation needed] In 2009, regarding this role, he emphasized his conviction that the seminary connect "head and heart—the intellect and devotion" and that it have an "unapologetic and uncompromising commitment to a Reformed theology that is Christ-centered, biblical, evangelistic, and separatist."[1][full citation needed][nb 2]

As of October 2014, Barrett was Academic Dean and Professor of Old Testament at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and a minister in the Free Presbyterian Church of North America.[2][third-party source needed][nb 3]

As of this date,[when?] Barrett continued as Academic Dean and Professor of Old Testament at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.[citation needed]


Barrett has been a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.[when?][citation needed]

Impact and legacy[edit]

In 2002, the conservative Baptist Bulletin recommended Barrett's Beginning at Moses to counter what it believed to be a common ignorance of Christ's presence in the Old Testament.[citation needed][dead link] Of Barrett's Love Divine and Unfailing, Joel Beeke of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary wrote that it "is a clear, honest, panoramic treatment of the book of Hosea....a masterpiece in expounding God’s loving and gracious covenant [and] a sheer delight to read."[3] R. Albert Mohler, Jr. described the book as "one of the ten books every preacher should read" in 2009.[4][full citation needed]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2019, a Festschrift entitled, The Old Testament Yesterday and Today: Essays in Honor of Michael P.V. Barrett, was published in his honor, a volume that included contributions from Walter C. Kaiser Jr. and Joel R. Beeke.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Barrett and his wife, Sandra, have two sons and five grandchildren.[citation needed] He is an avid hunter.[citation needed]

Published works[edit]

Barrett is author of a half dozen books, as well as numerous articles in professional journals and popular religious publications.[citation needed]

  • Beginning at Moses: A Guide to Finding Christ in the Old Testament (Ambassador-Emerald International, 1999).
  • Complete in Him: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying the Gospel (Ambassador-Emerald International, 2000).
  • God’s Unfailing Purpose: The Message of Daniel (Ambassador-Emerald International (2003).
  • The Beauty of Holiness: A Guide to Biblical Worship (Ambassador-Emerald International, 2006).
  • Barrett, Michael P.V. (November 2008). Love Divine and Unfailing: The Gospel According to Hosea. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing. ISBN 9781596380752. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2024.
  • The Hebrew Handbook (BJU Press, 4th ed., 1994).


  1. ^ Barrett's dissertation concerned the translation techniques and philosophies of the Septuagint.[citation needed]
  2. ^ In that article, he further stated, "Knowledge without zeal is always dangerous; zeal without knowledge is potentially destructive." See GenevaReformed.org, op. cit.
  3. ^ On April 8, 2012, Barrett presented the reasons for his acceptance of his post in a sermon (at SermonAudio.com).[citation needed]


  1. ^ GRS Staff and Barrett, Michael (31 July 2009). "Seminary Information: A Word from the President". GenevaReformed.org Geneva Reformed Seminary. Archived from the original on 31 July 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2024.[full citation needed]
  2. ^ PRTS Staff and Barrett, Michael (22 October 2014). "Faculty: Dr. Michael Barrett". PuritanSeminary.org Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2024.
  3. ^ Beeke, Joel (15 July 2011). "Love Divine and Unfailing: The Gospel According to Hosea by Michael P. V. Barrett [publisher's book review]". PRPBooks.com. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2024.
  4. ^ Mohler Jr., R. Albert (March–April 2009). "The 2009 Preaching Survey of the Year's Best Books for Preachers". Preaching.[full citation needed]

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