I happened to be in the Lifeway Store on the SBTS campus just now and they were setting up the display of this new book by Tom Nettles on James Petigru Boyce, founding father of Southern Seminary. I’m thrilled to have a copy, and eager to read it in this the 150th year since the school was started.
From the P & R site:
This book is a biography of James P. Boyce, the founder of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. It focuses on his theological development, his lifelong struggle to establish the Seminary; and the theological controversies that shaped Baptists in the last half of the nineteenth century.
Finally, here is a contemporary, definitive biography of James Boyce, the nineteenth-century, visionary founder of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where Boyce served as chairman of the faculty, and as professor of systematic and practical theology, and church government. Tom Nettles shows how Boyce gave his life to training Baptist theological students in orthodox, Reformed, experiential theology. Nettles does with Boyce what Iain Murray did with Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Without resorting to hagiography, Nettles offers fascinating details of God’s great work through Boyce’s intriguing relationships with other notables, such as Archibald Alexander, Samuel Miller, Charles Hodge, Basil Manly Jr., Francis Wayland, F. B. Meyer, John A. Broadus, William Williams, and C. H. Toy. Ultimately this captivating biography moves us to worship God. Make it your must-read biography this year .
Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids