O. Palmer Robertson

For the basketball player, see Oscar Robertson.

Owen Palmer Robertson (born August 31, 1937 in Jackson, Mississippi[1]) is an American Christian theologian and biblical scholar. He taught at Reformed Theological Seminary, Westminster Theological Seminary, Covenant Theological Seminary, Knox Theological Seminary as well as at the African Bible Colleges of Malawi and Uganda. He also served as principal of the latter institution.[2]

Robertson is perhaps best known for his book The Christ of the Covenants.[3] His definition of a biblical covenant being "a bond in blood, sovereignly administered" has been widely discussed.[4][5][6]

In 2008, a Festschrift was published in his honor. The Hope Fulfilled: Essays in Honor of O. Palmer Robertson (ISBN 1596381159) included contributions by Bruce Waltke, Richard Gaffin, George W. Knight III, Simon J. Kistemaker, Robert L. Reymond, and Morton H. Smith.


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