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Collection 412 Oral History Interview with Gleason L. Archer

Identifier: CN 412

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with Gleason Leonard Archer in which he describes his family background; his conversion; his education at Harvard University and Princeton Theological Seminary; his attendance at Park Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts; involvement with Robert Schneider and the Fellowship of Faith and other mission work with the Muslim community in Chicago; forming the United Evangelical Arab Mission; Muslim views of Christians; studying the Arabic language; and his time in Beirut, Lebanon. The time period covered by the interviews is 1926 to 1989.

Gleason Archer was interviewed by Robert Shuster May 7, 1989 at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.


  • Created: 1989

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Biographical Information

Full Name: Gleason Leonard Archer, Jr.

Birth Date: May 22, 1916

Death Date: April 27, 2004

Birth Place: Norwell, Massachusetts

Parents: Gleason Leonard and Elizabeth Glenn Snyder Archer

Conversion: Commitment at age 11, gradual awareness of salvation

Marital Status: Married to L. Virginia Atkinson (1939)(d. 1962)

Marital Status: married to Sandra Paula Larson (1964)

Children: Gleason Leonard III, Jonathan A., Heather M., Laurel E., Elizabeth S.

Denominational Affiliation: Ordained in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S., 1945; Transferred to the Evangelical Free Church in America, 1966


1938 B.A., Harvard University (summa cum laude in Classics)

1939 LL.B., Suffolk Law School

1940 A.M., Harvard University

1944 Ph.D., Harvard University

1945 B.D., Princeton Theological Seminary


1945-1948 Pastor, Park Street Church, Boston

1948-1965 Professor of Biblical Languages, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California

1965- Professor of Old Testament, Trinity Evangelical Theological Seminary, Deerfield, Illinois

Publications (not a comprehensive list):

The Book of Job: God's Answer to the Problem of Undeserved Suffering. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, c 1982

Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publ. House, c 1982

Epistle to the Romans: A Study Manual, The. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, c 1959.

In the Shadow of the Cross. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publ. House, c 1957


1.00 Audio Tape

60 Minutes

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Accruals and Additions

The material in this collection was given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Gleason L. Archer in April 1989.

Accession 89-31

November 13, 1995

Janyce H. Nasgowitz

Collection 412 Oral History Interview with Gleason L. Archer
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Repository Details

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