#323…sci., RELIG., Etc. “Robert Duncan Culver dies at 98”


                         Robert Duncan Culver

                           July 19, 1916 – February 7, 201

Robert Duncan Culver

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   Here’s an obit that’s going slip by many who were his students and former colleagues. Notable about this scholar, preacher, friend, and teacher of Christians serving all over the world (Kenneth Kantzer, Walter Kaiser, Carl Henry, John Gerstner…) is his recent 1300-page Systematic Theology published only 8 years ago. The husband of two wives, each for 37 years (and latter, still living), Culver left his mark on many. I never had him as a teacher, though I passed him in the hall one day…and I have a book of his on my shelf in PA. We will put certain information in color.

   Also a good link: www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/the-old-man-and-his-big-book

   Here are excerpts from his obit:


HOUSTON, MINN. – Rev. Dr. Robert Duncan Culver, 98, of rural Houston, Minn. died on Saturday, February, 7, 2015, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis.

Robert Duncan Culver was born at Tampico, Washington (rural Yakima County) on July 19, 1916, to Sinyeard Carpenter (S.C.) and Emma (Mondor) Culver. He married Arlene Leola Hoyt on January 29, 1937, at Ashland, Ohio. Arlene died on October 26, 1974, in Libertyville, Illinois. To this union were born: Douglas Joel Culver, Keith Eugene Culver and Lorraine Adele Culver.

Robert, along with his parents, became a part of a new small village congregation of believers that has sent many of its sons and daughters into various missionary and pastoral careers. His early education was in the public schools. Robert is a graduate of Heidelberg College (A.B.), Grace Theological Seminary (B.D., Th.M., Th.D.). He was ordained into the ministry by the Brethren Church at Harrah, Washington in 1942. He did post-doctoral theological studies at Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary and ancient Near-east languages at the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Culver has been an author, preacher, pastor and teacher all of his adult life, until the present. His career as professor has taken him to Grace Theological Seminary (Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew), Wheaton College and Graduate School (Associate Professor of Bible and Theology) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Professor and Chairman of Theology). He was annual director of the Near-east School of Archaeology at Jerusalem in 1962. He has been a special or visiting lecturer at schools in Canada, several states in the USA, Jordan, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Argentina. Among his several publications, perhaps best known are: The Life of Christ, A Biblical View of Civil Government, Daniel and the Latter Days, and the section on “Daniel” in the Wycliffe Commentary.

He was married to Celeste Fay Knipmeyer on November 22, 1975, in Wheaton, Illinois. Since 1977, they have lived in rural Houston County, Minn. where they have been busy writing and publishing several books related to Christian life and doctrine, most recently, Systematic Theology: Biblical and Historical. This is a volume of about 1300 pages.

Leave a memory of Dr. Culver, sign his online guestbook and view his tribute video at www.hofffuneral.com.

Books by Robert Duncan Culver:
Systematic Theology: Biblical and Historical by Robert Duncan CulvernThe Earthly Career of Jesus, the Christ by Robert Duncan Culver


Author: John Knapp