Practicing What He Preached

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Dr. Lindsey was not content merely to preach about the Kingdom, he practiced it.

In 1962, as a student in Jerusalem, I found my church home at the Narkis Street Baptist Church. Dr. Bob Lindsey was the pastor of this small congregation of about twenty-five people. I particularly enjoyed his Bible studies before the worship service.

What caught my attention was his approach to studying the Gospels. He had been preparing a new Hebrew translation of the New Testament for the Hebrew-speaking, Christian congregations in Israel. As he translated the Greek synoptic Gospels, he discovered, to his amazement, that their word order and idiom were more like Hebrew than Greek. This convinced him that the original Life of Jesus had been written in Hebrew. Consequently, when studying a saying of Jesus, he always liked to ask, “What did Jesus say in Hebrew?”

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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 Halvor Ronning above.

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

Blessed Be the Faithful Judge!” by David Bivin

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

To My Teacher, Pastor and Beloved Friend” by Brad Young

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.

  • Halvor Ronning

    Halvor Ronning

    Halvor Ronning (B.A., St. Olaf Lutheran College; B.D., Lutheran Theological Seminary; M.A., Yale University) is a founding member and past director of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research. An officially licensed Israeli tour guide, he has lived in Israel for over fifty years. Although born…
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