Born this day in 1911, George Eldon Ladd is considered one of the twentieth century’s most important New Testament scholars. Ladd, born in Alberta, was educated at Gordon Divinity School (now Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) and Harvard, where he received his PhD in classics under preeminent New Testament scholar Henry J. Cadbury. After pastoring a number of Baptist churches, Ladd went on to teach New Testament at Gordon and at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. After teaching for 30 years at Fuller, Ladd passed away in 1982.
The author of 14 books and a number of important articles, Ladd is mostly known for his works on eschatology. He was a proponent of “inaugurated eschatology”—or, as it’s more commonly called, the already-not yet. Ladd wrote, alongside his works on eschatology, about the New Testament Kingdom of God and Jesus’ resurrection; he also wrote commentaries on Matthew, Acts, and Revelation, plus a critical study of the Bible, which included a book on Rudolf Bultmann. His title on Bultmann, published in 1964, was an important work in many regards. At a time when evangelical scholarship was isolating itself from continental scholarship in fear of being infected by liberalism, Ladd fully engaged the theology of one of the twentieth century’s most influential New Testament scholars. Ladd took seriously both his personal faith in the Jesus Christ and critical and objective scholarship, and this drove him to produce the best in evangelical scholarship.
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