R. K. Harrison

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Roland Kenneth Harrison
Born(1920-08-04)4 August 1920
Died2 May 1993(1993-05-02) (aged 72)
OccupationProfessor of Old Testament Studies
Spouse(s)Kathleen (nee Beattie)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of London (PhD)
Thesis (1952)
Academic work
InstitutionsClifton College
Huron College
Wycliffe College
Notable worksIntroduction to the Old Testament (1969)

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

Background and career[edit]

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]

Tremper Longman describes him as "one of the most competent Old Testament evangelical scholars today."[5]



Articles and chapters[edit]

  • ——— (1951). "The Son of Man". The Evangelical Quarterly. 23 (1): 46–50.
  • ——— (1953). "The Problem of Suffering and the Book of Job". The Evangelical Quarterly. 25 (1): 18–27.
  • ——— (1954). "The Biblical Problem of Hyssop". The Evangelical Quarterly. 26 (4): 218–224.
  • ——— (1956). "The Mandrake and the Ancient World". The Evangelical Quarterly. 28 (2): 87–92.


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.
  5. ^ Tremper Longman, Old Testament Commentary Survey, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999) p. 70.