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Joseph Addison Alexander- Bitesize Biographies (Harman)

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Joseph Addison Alexander spent most of his life in Princeton, graduating from the College aged seventeen after amazing his fellow students with his abilities. He was intensely studious, full of personal piety, gifted with an amazing memory and was a formidable linguist. Mentored by Charles Hodge, Alexander started teaching at Princeton, remaining there as a Professor until his early death aged 51 in 1860. ‘His teaching was to become an important counterfoil to the critical views that were starting to influence many in America.’ Alexander is remembered today for his scholarly commentaries on Isaiah, the Psalms, Acts and Mark.


Allan Harman has taught Hebrew and Old Testament in many countries, but especially in Scotland, Australia, the United States, and Korea. He has written commentaries on Deuteronomy, Psalms, Isaiah, Daniel and Amos. He also has a strong in interest in history, and has published widely in this area. Having taught for many years at the Presbyterian Theological College, Melbourne, Australia, he is currently a research professor there, and resides, with his wife Mairi, on a rural property outside the city of Geelong.


‘I never met with one having such a combination of wonderful gifts’

Charles Hodge

‘The godly and clear-headed insights of J. A. Alexander, the brilliant Princeton linguist of the nineteenth century’

John Stott (The Message of Acts)