Birthdays on December 28

Charles Hodge (1797 to 1878)
Princeton's Prince of Theologians

Birth of Charles Hodge in Philadelphia. He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary at 21, and the next year began teaching there. A year after that he was ordained to the Presbyterian ministry. At age 27 he founded The Biblical Repertory, later called Princeton Review. In his whole career he took out only two years from his professorship at Princeton to study in Paris, Halle, and Berlin (1826-28). His greatest exegetical work, Commentary on Romans, was published in 1835; and between 1871-73 (at age 73-75) he published his three-volume, 2,260 page Systematic Theology. When he died, June 19, 1878, his son Archibald succeeded him at Princeton.


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