Liberty University Mourns the Loss of Biblical Scholar and Dean Emeritus, Dr. Ed Hindson »Liberty News
Considered a servant of God, Bible scholar, faithful leader and guardian of Liberty University’s Christian mission, Dean Emeritus Dr. Ed Hindson, 77, died on Saturday, July 2. He leaves behind a rich legacy at Liberty, having helped lay the foundation for the school in its early years and instilled biblical truth in the hearts and minds of thousands of students, faculty and members of the staff during his 48 years of service to the university.
At the time of his death, Hindson was Dean Emeritus of the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity and Professor Emeritus of Religion. He is the author of 40 books and has edited five major Study Bibles, including the best-selling King James Study Bible (Thomas Nelson) and the Gold Medallion Award-winning Knowing Jesus Bible (Zondervan). He has been a speaker on the television program “The King is Coming” and a guest lecturer at Oxford University and Harvard Divinity School, as well as numerous evangelical seminaries, including Dallas, Denver, Trinity, Grace and Westminster.
Hindson began teaching at Liberty in 1974. In 1985 he filmed Liberty’s first distance learning course: Old Testament Survey. Over the years, he has taught over 100,000 students, both in residence and online. He has been named teacher of the year several times. He retired in 2019 but continued to teach divinity classes.
Hindson served the School of Divinity in various roles. From 2013 to 2019, he led the merger of the School of Religion and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, the move to the Freedom Tower, the acquisition of the Keesee Fund scholarship, and the accreditation of several graduate programs at the School of Divinity by the Association. theological schools (ATS).
“Liberty University would not be recognizable without the myriad contributions of Dr. Ed Hindson. The impact of his life and ministry will live on through the millions of lives he touched. He was a member of our founding generation, an academic cornerstone of our institution, and a friend and mentor to dozens of leaders. He is irreplaceable, and we celebrate his return with immense gratitude: bravo, good and faithful servant.
– Liberty University President Jerry Prevo
“Liberty University has lost a legendary theologian, administrator and friend, who was a pioneering proponent of Dr. Falwell’s vision and the architect of the school’s mission. Ed Hindson played a crucial faculty leadership role during the most profound periods of Liberty’s growth, from its founding to becoming the dean of one of the largest schools of theology in the world. Ed was a true scholar and servant leader throughout his life. On behalf of the entire Liberty family, I extend our condolences and appreciation to the Hindson family and ask everyone to keep them in prayer. »
– Liberty University Provost, Dr. Scott Hicks
“These moments are undeniably defining. Dr. Hindson had a profound impact on my life and my leadership. Besides his scholarship and leadership, he shepherded countless lives. Its impact will reverberate for decades to come. But his legacy will be evident in the lives of those who heard his careful handling and proclamation of the Word of truth and then lived it out in obedience, for that is exactly what he did. His example and wisdom serve as the cornerstone of my own life and leadership. Just as Elijah passed the mantle to Elisha, Hindson passed the mantle to all of us. On behalf of Liberty University Rawlings School of Divinity, I offer the Hindson family our deepest condolences and comfort as we celebrate the life of our respected leader, dear friend, distinguished colleague, and faithful brother.
– Liberty University Dean of the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity, Dr. Troy Temple
“Ed Hindson has been my dear friend for over 45 years. We met during our doctoral studies at Westminster Seminary in 1976. We became fast friends and he immediately started recruiting me to teach at Liberty. Two years later I came and the rest, as they say, is history. Ed opened the counseling center at Thomas Road and at the university. I had the privilege of serving there with him. I have never worked for a better boss. During his tenure at the university, he taught hundreds of thousands of students to love and live the Bible. Like many of you, I was blessed by his love of the word and his gift for proclaiming it. His quick wit was almost unrivalled. His unique combination of gifts ensures that no one will ever truly take their place in our hearts, in the halls and classrooms of the University, and in the pulpits and conferences across America.
– Longtime Liberty University Provost, Retired, Dr. Ron Hawkins
Dr. Ed Hindson teaches in 1974, his freshman year at Liberty.
Dr. Ed Hindson speaks at the Convocation in 2006.