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In Memoriam: Daniel P. Fuller

Daniel FullerIt is with deep sadness and profound respect that 澳门六合彩规律论坛 announces the passing of Daniel P. Fuller, esteemed professor emeritus of hermeneutics and former dean of the School of Theology. He passed away on June 21, 2023. As the only child of 澳门六合彩规律论坛鈥檚 founder, Charles E. Fuller, Daniel Fuller played an integral role in shaping the institution鈥檚 curriculum and vision. His remarkable contributions to scholarship and unwavering commitment to the Bible will be remembered and cherished by the Fuller community.

Dr. Goatley expressed his gratitude for Daniel Fuller鈥檚 invaluable contributions, stating, 鈥淒r. Fuller鈥檚 profound intellect and dedication to evangelical scholarship have left an indelible mark on 澳门六合彩规律论坛. His unwavering commitment to theological rigor and faithful exegesis of Scriptures have inspired countless students and scholars. We mourn his loss while celebrating his enduring legacy.鈥

Born on August 28, 1925, in Los Angeles, California, and growing up during the era of his father鈥檚 radio ministry, 鈥淭he Old Fashioned Revival Hour,鈥 Daniel Fuller was present at the founding of 澳门六合彩规律论坛, was a member of its second graduating class and a member of the first class to earn masters-level degrees. The seminary, established in 1947 by his father, aimed to combine evangelical faith with scholarly rigor, and Daniel Fuller embodied this ethos throughout his life and work.

After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Daniel Fuller graduated from 澳门六合彩规律论坛 with a BD degree in 1951 and a ThM in 1952. He further pursued his theological education at Northern Baptist Seminary in Illinois and the University of Basel in Switzerland, where he studied under the theologian, Bo Reicke, earning a doctor of theology degree.

Throughout his academic career, Daniel Fuller鈥檚 contributions to hermeneutics and the Bible were highly regarded. He served as an associate professor of hermeneutics from 1963 to 1972 and as a professor of hermeneutics from 1973 to 1993. Additionally, he held the position of dean of the School of Theology for nine years, leaving a lasting impact on the seminary鈥檚 academic and administrative development.

In his book Reforming Fundamentalism: 澳门六合彩规律论坛 and the New Evangelicalism, author George M. Marsden referred to Daniel Fuller as a 鈥渟cholar鈥檚 scholar鈥 and 鈥渁 latter-day champion of the classic American evangelical apologetic enterprise.鈥 Dr. Fuller鈥檚 profound commitment to an historical approach to Scripture influenced and inspired a wide number of students. His biggest contribution was his pedagogy, how he taught students grammar, diagramming sentences, finding answers not in commentaries, but in text. His technique of biblical analysis, called arcing, taught his students how to think. He taught students how to become good preachers and teachers through studying the word of God.

His notable works, such as Gospel and Law and The Unity of the Bible, continue to shape theological discourse and understanding. Amos Yong, Dean of the School of Mission and Theology recalls, 鈥淭hese books, among his other works, laid the foundation in the last century for Fuller to become one of the leading sites for evangelical scholarship that it is today.鈥

Beyond his academic endeavors, Daniel Fuller actively engaged in evangelistic organizations and held leadership positions in the Gospel Broadcasting Association and the Fuller Evangelistic Association. He published numerous articles and served as the editor of Today鈥檚 Christian, a monthly paper that connected supporters of the broadcast 鈥淭he Joyful Sound.鈥 Even after his retirement, he maintained a website, 鈥淭he Berean Corner,鈥 dedicated to classical inductive Bible study and biblical theology, offering valuable resources to ministers. Dan鈥檚 works are being carried on by numerous pastors and teachers, notably John Piper, Chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary and Founder of desiringgod.org and through the website biblearc.com, which teaches what Daniel Fuller taught in his hermeneutics class, serving as a tool for pastors, teachers, and students.

Daniel Fuller鈥檚 legacy extends beyond his intellectual contributions; he was a beloved family man. His wife, Ruth Fuller, passed away in 2019. They are survived by their four children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

澳门六合彩规律论坛 and the wider evangelical community mourn the loss of a distinguished scholar, visionary leader, and faithful servant of the gospel. Daniel P. Fuller鈥檚 enduring impact will continue to inspire generations of students, scholars, and ministers to faithfully engage with the Scriptures and promote evangelical values.