To My Teacher, Pastor and Beloved Friend

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Dr. Lindsey was a creative scholar, who gave of himself to people in need.

For me it is a great honor and privilege to write a brief word in remembrance of my teacher, pastor and beloved friend, Dr. Bob Lindsey. His circle of dedicated disciples and his great accomplishments bear witness to the greatness of the man more than meager words of praise.

Dr. Lindsey was a creative scholar, who gave of himself to people in need. As a scholar, he loved the words of Jesus. He proved that Jesus spoke Hebrew. He solved the synoptic problem by discovering the Markan Cross-Factor and examining the linguistic evidence of the text. He demonstrated that Luke was the first of our synoptic Gospels and that Mark reworded the materials he received from Luke and other sources. Mark subsequently influenced Matthew, who followed his wording. Though Matthew employed Mark, he also possessed Luke’s source(s) for Jesus’ life. Especially in texts unparalleled in Mark, the Hebrew roots of Jesus’ teachings flow from Matthew. Luke and Matthew, therefore, provide us with the most authentic portrayal of Jesus’ life and teachings.

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Lindsey in a moment of reflection (circa 1975–1980; photo: Kurt Ben-Joseph).

Following the death of Robert L. Lindsey on May 31, 1995, Jerusalem Perspective magazine published a memorial issue (October-December 1995, No. 49). Included in that issue were eight tributes to Lindsey written by his colleagues and students, including that of Brad Young above.

How to Know Jesus? Follow Lindsey!” by David Flusser

Practicing What He Preached” by Halvor Ronning

Blessed Be the Faithful Judge!” by David Bivin

The Jesus Who Changes People’s Lives!” by Steven Notley

A Doer of His Father’s Will” by Joseph Frankovic

Excerpts from a Eulogy” by Ken Mullican

Jesus at the Center” by Dwight Pryor

This article originally appeared in issue 49 of the Jerusalem Perspective magazine. Click on the image above to view a PDF of the original magazine article.

  • Brad H. Young

    Brad H. Young

    Brad H. Young is the founder and president of the Gospel Research Foundation, Tulsa, Oklahoma. A founding member of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research, he is professor of New Testament Studies in the Graduate School of Theology at Oral Roberts University. Young earned M.A. and Ph.D.…
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