Robert Dick Wilson

For other people named Robert Wilson, see Robert Wilson (disambiguation).
Robert Dick Wilson

Robert Dick Wilson at the Grove City Bible Conference in 1909
Born (1856-02-04)February 4, 1856
Indiana, Pennsylvania
Died October 11, 1930(1930-10-11) (aged 74)
Nationality American
Occupation linguist and Presbyterian scholar
Religion Christian (Presbyterian)
Academic background
Education Princeton University
Alma mater Humboldt University of Berlin(PhD)
Academic work
Discipline Biblical linguistics
Institutions Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Princeton Theological Seminary
Westminster Theological Seminary

Robert Dick Wilson (February 4, 1856 October 11, 1930) was an American linguist and Presbyterian scholar who devoted his life to prove the reliability of the Hebrew Bible. In his quest to determine the accuracy of the original manuscripts, Wilson learned 45 languages,[1] including Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, as well as all the languages into which the Scriptures had been translated up to 600 AD.[2]


Wilson was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania.[2] He proved himself an outstanding language student even as an undergraduate. While at Princeton University, he was able to read the New Testament in nine languages. He graduated from Princeton at the age of 20, later receiving a master's degree and doctorate before doing post-graduate work in Germany at the Humboldt University of Berlin. In 1883, Wilson became Professor of the Old Testament at Western Theological Seminary (later known as Pittsburgh Theological Seminary), where he had done some of his graduate studies. In 1900, he returned to Princeton as the William Henry Green Professor of Semitic Languages and Old Testament Criticism at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Throughout his career, he opposed the higher criticism, which held that the Bible was inaccurate on many points and not historically reliable. Professor Wilson wrote, "I have come to the conviction that no man knows enough to attack the veracity of the Old Testament. Every time when anyone has been able to get together enough documentary 'proofs' to undertake an investigation, the biblical facts in the original text have victoriously met the test" (quoted in R. Pache, The Inspiration and Authority of Scripture).

In the late 1920s, he left Princeton to teach at the new, conservative Westminster Theological Seminary.[2] Among his other works, Wilson contributed articles to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, a noted Bible reference of the early 20th century.





See also


  1. Jackson, Wayne (24 April 2000). "The Remarkable Robert Dick Wilson". Christian Courier online. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 Nicks, Brian (Spring 2008). "Life and Work of Robert Dick Wilson". The Master's Seminary Journal. 19 (1): 91–106.


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