|Birth: ||Apr. 24, 1809|
|Death: ||Jan. 28, 1860|
New Jersey, USA
Rev. Joseph Addison Alexander (24 April 1809 - 28 January 1860) was an American biblical scholar, the third son of Archibald Alexander, brother to Rev. James Waddell Alexander was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He graduated at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1826, having devoted himself especially to the study of Hebrew and other languages, and from 1830 to 1833 was adjunct professor of ancient languages and literature there. He mastered more than THRTY languages. In 1834 he became an assistant to Dr Charles Hodge, professor of oriental and biblical literature in the Princeton Theological Seminary, and in 1838 became associate professor of oriental and biblical literature there, succeeding Dr Hodge in that chair in 1840 and being transferred in 1851 to the chair of biblical and ecclesiastical history, and in 1859 to that of Hellenistic and New Testament literature, which he occupied until his death at Princeton in 1860.
Alexander was a remarkable linquist and exegete. He had been ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1839, and was well known for his pulpit eloquence. He was the author of The Earlier Prophecies of Isaiah (1846), The Later Prophecies of Isaiah (1847), and an abbreviation of these two volumes, Isaiah Illustrated and Explained (2 vols., 1851), The Psalms Translated and Explained (3 vols., 1850), commentaries on Acts (2 vols., 1857), Mark (1858) and Matthew (1860), and two volumes of Sermons (1860). Most of these remain in print to this day, and continue to be sold and read. He never married.
"I regard Dr. Joseph Addison Alexander as incomparably the greatest man I ever knew - as incomparably the greatest man our church has ever produced. His thorough orthodoxy, his fervent piety, humility, faithfulness in the discharge of his duties, and reverence for the Word of God, consecrated all his other gifts. He glorified the Word of God in the sight of his pupils beyond what any man I ever saw had the power of doing." - Rev. Dr. Charles Hodge (1797-1878)
Archibald Alexander (1772 - 1851)
Janetta Waddel Alexander (1782 - 1852)
Joseph Addison Alexander (1809 - 1860)
Janetta Alexander (1817 - 1901)*
New Jersey, USA
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Record added: Dec 24, 2007
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