Billy Graham Center

Interviews with Gleason Leonard Archer - Collection 412

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Gleason Leonard Archer

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection

Brief Description:

Oral history interview in which Archer talks about his experiences with Arab Muslims in Lebanon and Chicago, comparison of Islam and Christianity, the Arabic language, his family background, his conversion, and Park Street Church in Boston.
Vol: 1 Reel of Audio Tape

Collection 412
[November 16, 2005]
Archer, Gleason Leonard, Jr.; 1916-2004
Interview; 1989
One Reel of Audio Tape


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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)
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):
Book of Job: God's Answer to the Problem of Undeserved Suffering, The. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, c1982
Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publ. House, c1982
Epistle to the Romans: A Study Manual, The. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, c1959.
In the Shadow of the Cross. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publ. House, c1957

Scope and Content:

Gleason Leonard Archer, Jr., was interviewed by Robert Shuster May 7, 1989, at the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. The time period covered by the interviews is 1926-1989. The boldfaced entries are intended to highlight the topics covered in the interview. The topics discussed are listed in the order in which they were discussed. The list is made from a cassette copy and not the reel-to-reel original.

Work with Fellowship of Faith in Chicago; Robert Schneider and the founding of the Fellowship to work with Arabs; fellowship meeting programs; debates on theology with Islamic leaders in Chicago, the Koran; mission to Arabic-speaking Muslims in Chicago; formation of United Evangelical Arab Mission; mission started by the Christian Reformed Church, carried on by Presbyterian Church; study of the Arabic language in Beirut, Lebanon; trip to the Dead Sea Scrolls Cave 4 at Qumran; discussion of the Arabic language; Islamic theology; Association by Muslims of Christians with self-indulgence and worldliness; differences between Muslims in the Near East and in America; Archer's family, high school education, attendance at Harvard University; interest in Egyptian hieroglyphics; law degree from Suffolk Law School; theological education at Princeton Theological Seminary; attendance at Park Street Church in Boston; conversion, study of Greek New Testament; study of the Septuagint; study of the Bible in many different languages.



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

Accession 89-31
November 13, 1995
Janyce H. Nasgowitz

Accession: 89-31
Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, approximately 60 minutes, one side only. Interview of Gleason Leonard Archer, Jr., by Robert Shuster on April 7, 1989. Topics discussed include his involvement with Robert Schneider and the Fellowship of Faith and other mission work with Muslims in Chicago, the Arabic language, his time in Beirut, Lebanon, his family background, his conversion, and his attendance at Park Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts.

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