Sunday, July 23, 2006

History of Hebrew at VTS (3)

This third posting on VTS's history takes us up to 1856, and the letters of Phillips Brooks while a student at the seminary. Brooks, who came to VTS from Harvard College, went on to become one of the seminary's most illustrious alumni, composing "O Little Town of Bethlehem," publishing very celebrated sermons and books on sermons, and becoming Bishop of Massachusetts. Brooks had a hard time adjusting to life in the "South," and to his stay at VTS. However, he loved digging into Hebrew studies here. Using Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar he poured himself into reading the book of Genesis in the original.


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