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E. Earle Ellis

Born March 18, 1926, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., E. Earle Ellis first attended the University of Virginia law school and then he received bachelor's and master's degrees from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. During World War II, he served as an Army second lieutenant with the infantry in Europe. After the war he entered the academy and distinguished himself as a teacher, scholar and author. Among Dr. Ellis' contributions to New Testament research were his, then, "cutting-edge" writings in the 1950s relating how Jesus and Paul gave great importance to Old Testament Scriptures. In 1970 he helped found the Institute for Biblical Research, which has grown into an influential professional society of evangelical scholars. One of the original goals of the Institute for Biblical Research was to establish a residential reference library for biblical scholars similar to Tyndale House at Cambridge University in England, where Dr. Ellis had studied. Leaders of the institute gave up that goal, but Dr. Ellis, with supporters' help, opened a reference library in a two-story home provided by the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2002. Ellis, known internationally for his innovative writing and research in New Testament studies, died March 2, 2010 at age 83.

[See a detailed biographical sketch of Ellis by Gerald Hawthorne in History and exegesis: New Testament essays in honor of Dr. E. Earle Ellis for his 80th birthday (Continuum, 2006), which you can access via Google Books; see pp. 2-14.]