John Murray (theologian)
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John Murray Theologian
John Murray
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Born(1898-10-14)October 14, 1898
DiedMay 8, 1975(1975-05-08) (aged 76)
Notable work
Redemption Accomplished and Applied, Imputation of Adam's Sin
Valerie Knowlton
Theological work
Era20th century
Tradition or movementReformed, Presbyterian

John Murray (14 October 1898 - 8 May 1975) was born in Bonar Bridge, Scotland. He was a Scottish-born Calvinist theologian who taught at Princeton Seminary and then left to help found Westminster Theological Seminary, where he taught for many years.


Murray was born in the croft of Badbea, near Bonar Bridge, in Sutherland county, Scotland. Following service in the British Army in the First World War (during which he lost an eye, serving in the famous Black Watch regiment) he studied at the University of Glasgow. Following his acceptance as a theological student of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland he pursued further studies at Princeton Theological Seminary under J. Gresham Machen and Geerhardus Vos, but broke with the Free Presbyterian Church in 1930 over that Church's handling of a discipline case in the Chesley, Ontario congregation concerning the Lord's Day. He taught at Princeton for a year and then lectured in systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary to generations of students from 1930 to 1966, and was an early trustee of the Banner of Truth Trust. Besides the material in the four-volume Collected Writings, his primary published works are a commentary on the Epistle to the Romans (previously included in the New International Commentary on the New Testament series but now superseded by Douglas J. Moo's commentary), Redemption Accomplished and Applied, Principles of Conduct, The Imputation of Adam's Sin, Baptism, and Divorce.

Murray preached at Chesley and Lochalsh from time to time until his retirement from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1966. He returned to Scotland, where he was connected with the Free Church of Scotland, and at the age of 69, married Valerie Knowlton 7 December 1967. Writing after a communion season at Lochalsh, Murray said, "I think I feel most at home here and at Chesley of all the places I visit." There had been some consideration that upon leaving the seminary, Murray might take a pastorate in the newly formed Presbyterian Reformed Church, but the infirmity of his aged sisters at the home place necessitated his return to Ross-shire, Scotland.


  • Murray, John (1952). Christian Baptism. Philadelphia, PA: Committee on Christian Education, Orthodox Presbyterian Church. ? pages
  • Murray, John (1953). Divorce. Philadelphia, PA: Committee on Christian Education, Orthodox Presbyterian Church. ? pages
  • Murray, John (1955). Redemption Accomplished and Applied. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-8028-1143-1. 192 pages
  • Murray, John (1957). Principles of Conduct: Aspects of Biblical Ethics. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-8028-1144-8. 272 pages
  • Murray, John (1959). The Imputation of Adam's Sin. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing. ISBN 0-8755-2341-2. ? pages
  • Murray, John (1959). The Epistle to the Romans. NICNT. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-8028-2506-3. 736 pages
  • Murray, John (1960). Calvin on the Scriptures and Divine Sovereignty. ? pages


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