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Archives and Special Collections at Southeastern: Burns, John A. papers

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John A. Burns papers, 1951-1997, predominately 1968-1997

Creator(s): Burns, John Alexander, 1927-1998
Date(s): 1951–1997, predominant 1968–1997
Extent: 19.0 cu.ft.

Biographical Note: John A. Burns (1927-1998) was a Baptist pastor and professor of New Testament who served in various capacities in most of the libraries of the schools where he taught. He was a graduate of Barrington College (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.D.). He taught New Testament at Hannibal-LaGrange College (Hannibal, MO), Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (Lynchburg, VA), Luther Rice Seminary (Jacksonville, FL), and Criswell College (Dallas, TX), being Criswell’s librarian, as well. He held pastorates in Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and planted churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, most notably the Bridedale Baptist Church, Metairie, Louisiana (1966–1969). He was involved with the translation of the New International Version and the New King James Version of the Bible.

To read John A. Burns' memorial from the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS) visit

Scope and Contents: This collection contains primarily paper documents that were created and/or collected by John A. Burns, with some books. These papers document his life in ministry and, primarily, his teaching career. It includes files of collected materials covering a broad range of biblical, theological, historical, and philosophical topics, as well as language. Included, also, are his instructional/course materials.

Language(s): English, Hebrew, Greek
Conditions Governing Access: This collection is open for research.
Custodial History: This collection was donated to SEBTS by Marian N. Burns, widow of John Burns.
Processing History: Arranged and described by Craig Freeman in January, 2010. Collection level description created by Bill Youngmark on 02/01/2016.
Preferred Citation: John A. Burns papers, Archives and Special Collections, Library at Southeastern, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC.
Repository: Archives and Special Collections, Library at Southeastern, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
Resource Identifier: ARC.004
Subjects and Access Points:
Hannibal-LaGrange College
Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
Luther Rice Seminary
Criswell College
Bridedale Baptist Church (Metairie, Louisiana)