Monday, June 6, 2016

Knight Granted Emeritus Status

Seminary Receives Extensive Library

Student Adam Harris, Librarian Andy Wortman and Dr. Knight
Greenville Seminary and its extension campus in the United Kingdom are gratified and blessed to have acquired several thousand volumes from the library of Dr. George W. Knight III, who has been granted emeritus status as a member of the Board of Trustees and adjunct faculty at GPTS.

Dr. Knight, who lives with his wife Virginia in Lake Wylie, S.C., served from 2005 until 2013 as chairman of the board and continued on as a trustee and adjunct professor of New Testament until recently. He was granted emeritus status during the Board of Trustees meeting in May.

The Knight library consists of 1,500-1,800 volumes and is especially rich in New Testament exegetical literature, including many commentaries. Librarian Andy Wortman and students James Clark, Steve Cliff, Adam Harris, and Shawn Spalti traveled to the Knight home on May 11 to pick up the library. They were graciously hosted by the Knights while there.

Hauling crew with Dr. Knight (center)
The seminary is seeking $6,500 to cover the cost of the books and their transportation. We are grateful to other donors who have contributed to this acquisition. Many of the books are duplicates of volumes in the seminary's Smith-Singer Library, and these duplicates will be shipped to the seminary's extension campus in Gateshead, England or sold to students. The Gateshead campus and other donors are providing $3,000 for shipping of the volumes (140 boxes) heading to England. Student Benjamin Wontrop, who graduated from GPTS in May, is taking up ministry in England, and the seminary will be sharing the cost of a shipping container with the Wontrops. Additional books from other donors are also being shipped to the UK program.

Dr. Knight
Dr. Knight received his B.A. from Davidson College in 1953, B.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1956, Th.M. from WTS in 1957, and Th.D. from the Free University of Amsterdam in 1968.

He served as professor at Presbyterian Junior College (1959-60), Frederick College (1960-61), Covenant Theological Seminary (1970-89), Knox Theological Seminary (1989-93) and administrator and dean at Knox (1989-91). He was a visiting professor at the Near Eastern School of Archaeology in 1963.

He was pastor of Immanuel Orthodox Presbyterian Church in West Collingswood, N.J. (1961-65) and was stated supply pastor at Covenant Church (RPCES) in Naples, Fla. (1965-70). He served as assistant pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (PCA) from 1989 to 1993. From 1994 to 2004 he was teacher (associate pastor) for the Matthews Orthodox Presbyterian Church in North Carolina.

Dr. Knight is the author of The Faithful Sayings in the Pastoral Letters, The Role of Relationship of Men and Women, Abortion: How Does God's Word Regard the Unborn Child?, Prophecy in the New Testament, and Commentary on the the Pastoral Epistles.

He has been a contributor to Encyclopedia  of Christianity; Wycliffe Bible; Evangelical Dictionary of the Bible; Hermaneutics, Inerrancy & the Bible; Evangelical Commentary on the Bible; Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism; Written for our Instruction: The Sufficiency of Scripture for All of Life; and Tributes to John Calvin: A Celebration of His Quincentenary.

He has served many years as a leading member of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood which produced the so-called Danvers Statement on biblical views of manhood and womanhood in 1987, published in 1988. The statement was issued out of concerns about, among other things, "the widespread uncertainty and confusion in our culture regarding the complementary differences between masculinity and femininity" and "the terrible effect of this confusion in unraveling the fabric of marriage woven by God out of the beautiful and diverse strands of manhood and womanhood."

Dr. Knight also served on the OPC's Committee on Ecumenicity and Inter-Church Relations.