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George Eldon Ladd

George Eldon Ladd (1911-1982) was an evangelical New Testament scholar and Professor of New Testament exegesis and theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Ladd's magisterial work, A Theology of the New Testament, has served thousands of seminary students since its publication in 1974.

Biographical summary

Ladd converted to Christianity in 1929 after hearing a young graduate of Gordon College preach in his Methodist church. In 1933 he was ordained in the Northern Baptist Convention (now American Baptist) and pastored three congregations.[1] While pastoring at the last congregation, Ladd taught at both Gordon College and the Divinity school.[2]

He later received a Bachelor of Theology from Gordon College (1933) and attended Gordon Divinity School where he received a Bachelor of Divinity (1942). Ladd then spent two years at Boston University before enrolling at Harvard where he was supervised by Henry J. Cadbury and received his PhD in Biblical and Patristic Greek in 1949.[3] He joined the faculty of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA in 1950 where he remained for the final thirty years of his academic career. Ladd had a stroke in 1980, and died in 1982. Ladd "was arguably the most important New Testament scholar of the post-war evangelical resurgence in North America."[4]


Ladd was one of the more notable modern proponents of Historic Premillennialism. He argued for this position in The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views, R. G. Clouse, editor (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1977).

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Selected publications

  • The Gospel of the Kingdom. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1959. ISBN 0802812805
  • A Commentary on the Revelation of John. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1972. ISBN 0802816843
  • The Last Things (An Eschatology For Laymen). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1978.
  • A Theology of the New Testament. 2d ed. Edited by Donald A. Hagner. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993. ISBN 0802806805 (first published in 19740
  • The Presence of the Future. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996. ISBN 0802815316; previously Jesus and the Kingdom. Harper & Row, 1964.
  • For more, see Google Books (includes previews of Ladd's works)


  • J. A. D'Elia, "Ladd, George Eldon" in Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals, ed. by Timothy Larsen (InterVarsity Press, 2003)


  1. First Free Baptist in Gliford, New Hampshire (1934-1936), the First Baptist Church of Montpelier, Vermont (1936-1942), and Blaney Memorial Baptist Church in Dorcester, Mass. (1942-1945).
  2. He was professor of Greek (1942-45) and head of the department of New Testament (1946-50).
  3. He also did postdoctoral study at Heidelberg and Basel Universities.
  4. J. A. D'Elia, "Ladd, George Eldon" in Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals, ed. by Timothy Larsen (InterVarsity Press, 2003), p. 356.

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