Porter, J.R. 1921-2006 (Joshua Roy Porter)

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Porter, J.R. 1921-2006 (Joshua Roy Porter)


See index for CA sketch: Born May 7, 1921, in Godley, England; died December 31, 2006. Educator and author. Porter was a retired theology professor at the University of Exeter known for his conservative views on the Anglican Church. An Oxford man, he earned a B.A. in modern history at Merton College in 1942. He then completed a B.A. in theology at St. Stephen's House in 1945 and a master's in 1948. Porter remained at Oxford as a theology lecturer and chaplain of Oriel College until 1962. He then joined the University of Exeter faculty and was head of the theology department until 1986, as well as dean of arts from 1968 to 1971. A conservative thinker, he was an opposition voice against the liberalizing changes enacted in his church; meanwhile, he also contributed significantly to Exeter's reputation by raising its standards of scholarship and financial management. As a scholar himself, he typically focused his writings on the Old Testament. Among these works are Moses and Monarch (1963), The Book of Leviticus (1976), The New Illustrated Companion to the Bible (2003), and Supernatural Enemies (2003).



Times (London, England), March 8, 2007, p. 62.

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