Tuesday, June 17, 2008

More on George Ladd & the Biography by D'Elia

On May 1, 2008, John A. D'Elia presented a 45 minute lecture at Fuller Theological Seminary on George Eldon Ladd. This lecture was presented in conjunction with the celebration of Fuller's 60th anniversary. (So far, I haven't found a recording of the the lecture, but I'm checking on it. **See the comment below.**)

Fuller Seminary Press Release: Lecture Explores Life and Legacy of George Eldon Ladd
The title of the paper he presented is "George Eldon Ladd, Fuller Seminary and the Renaissance of American Evangelicalism."
D'Elia's new book, A Place at the Table: George Eldon Ladd and the Rehabilitation of Evangelical Scholarship in America (OUP, 2008) is actually a rework of his Th.M. thesis "The Mediatorial Character of the New Evangelical Movement in the Life and Work of George Eldon Ladd" (Fuller Theological Seminary, 1992) 2005 Ph.D. thesis at the University of Stirling in Scotland (under David Bebbington). You can also find a short biographical sketch entered into the Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals edited by Timothy Larsen, et al. (IVP, 2003), pp. 354-356 [Also available in a digital format from Logos Bible Software].

John D'Elia is in the blogosphere here: An American Minister in London.
  • The Big Event. In this post D'Elia give a play-by-play view of his day at Fuller to present his lecture on Ladd. Some pictures are provided.
  • The Cover.
For further reading on the life and labors of George Eldon Ladd, I recommend to you Donald A. Hagner's biographical esay in Bible Interpreters of the 20th Century edited by Walter A. Elwell, & J. D. Weaver, pp. 228-243. [This title is out of print but you can find used copies and a digitial version from Logos Bible Software.] Hagner (now retired) was the George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Senior Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He relied on a number of sources including D'Elia's Th.M. thesis.

I do not have a copy of this book, but Hagner references David Allan Hubbard's "Biographical Sketch and Appreciation" in Unity and Diversity in New Testament Theology: Essays in Honor of George E. Ladd, edited by Robert A. Guelich (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1978), xi-xv.

**Corrected (6/28/08)