Gaunce Lewis Thesis Statements

My apologies to everyone, and especially to Markus. He got me to get this scanned, and I sent him a copy; I also promised to put it on my web page, but I only just now did so:

Alex, that would be nice, and drop in and say hello some time.

Unfortunately, I do not actually have a copy of Gaunce's thesis, so what is posted is only Appendix A, ``Compactly generated spaces''. Most, maybe all, of the rest evolved into much of Springer Lecture Notes Vol 1213,

Gaunce's thesis was 1978, and SLN 1213 only appeared in 1986. We did a ton of work in that time, and I doubt that there would be much besides Appendix A that is of current interest. However, Appendix A is to my mind (and the minds of others) the nicest and most informative treatment of compactly generated spaces, and that part is not at all duplicated in SLN 1213.

answered May 3 '13 at 1:20

Jack P. Lewis
OccupationProfessor of Bible
Academic background
EducationB.A., M.A., S.T.B., Ph.D., Ph.D.
Alma materHarvard University, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Thesis"An Introduction to the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs." "A Study of the Interpretation of Noah and the Flood in Jewish and Christian Literature." (Harvard 1953, Hebrew Union 1962.)
Academic work
InstitutionsHarding School of Theology
Main interestsHistory of the English Bible, Biblical Archaeology

Jack Pearl Lewis (born 1919) is an American Bible scholar affiliated with the Churches of Christ.[1][2][3] He earned a Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard University in 1953 and a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1962. For 50 years, Lewis taught Bible and biblical languages first at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and then at Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tennessee, where he is now professor emeritus. He has authored over 223 articles in scholarly and church publications and has published more than twenty-five books.


  • B.A., 1941, Abilene Christian College
  • M.A., 1944, Sam Houston Teachers College
  • S.T.B., 1947, Harvard Divinity School
  • Ph.D., 1953, Harvard University
  • Ph.D., 1962, Hebrew Union College

Early life[edit]

Jack P. Lewis was born in Midlothian, Texas, a town thirty miles southwest of Dallas. He was one of four sons and one daughter born to Pearl Gaunce and Anna Elizabeth Holland Lewis. After graduation from Midlothian High School in 1936, Lewis entered Abilene Christian College (now University) where he majored in Bible and Greek.[4] He spent summers selling books and Bibles for the Southwestern Company to put himself through school.[5] After graduating with a B.A. in 1941, Lewis began preaching in Throckmorton, Texas, and pursued the M.A. degree in English at Sam Houston Teachers College. His thesis dealt with the use of poetry in sermons comparing John Wesley, Alexander Campbell, and N. B. Hardeman.[6]

In September 1944 Lewis entered the Harvard Divinity School where he studied under some of the following scholars at Harvard: Robert Pfeiffer (Old Testament), Edwin Broome (Hebrew), Arthur Darby Nock (History of Religion), Dean Willard Sperry (Preaching and Ministry), Henry Cadbury (New Testament), Harry Wolfson (Judaism), and George LaPiana and George H. Williams (Church History). He earned the Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree in 1947 and immediately began a Ph.D. program in New Testament with Harvard University. He finished his degree in 1953.[7] His dissertation was "An Introduction to the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs."

In fall 1950 Lewis began work toward a Ph.D. in Old Testament at Hebrew Union College. His work involved intensive study of Hebrew, and he sat under Sheldon Blank, Elias Epstein, and Samuel Sandmel.[8]

In 1954 Lewis moved to Searcy, Arkansas, where he accepted a teaching position with Harding College (now University). After four years teaching in Searcy, he moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he was a charter faculty member of the Harding Graduate School of Religion (now Harding School of Theology). During his teaching career, Lewis led over 30 tours of Bible lands.

Contributions to Academia[edit]

In April 1964 Lewis published an article on the Council of Jamnia[9][10] in which he largely discredited the prevalent assumption that the Council of Jamnia decided the Hebrew canon.[11][12][13] This article brought him academic recognition. He was invited to serve on the Bible translation committee for the New International Version[14][15] and to contribute the notes to Hosea and Joel in the NIV Study Bible. He was asked to write several articles on the Council of Jamnia: "Jamnia (Jabneh), Council of," in Anchor Bible Dictionary,[16] "Jamnia after Forty Years," in Hebrew Union College Annual,[17] and "Jamnia Revisited," in The Canon Debate[18] In 1989 he edited and contributed two chapters to Interpreting 2 Corinthians 5:14-21: An Exercise in Hermeneutics,[19] which was a product of the Hermeneutics Project of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches.

Lewis's teaching career included nearly fifty years of teaching a course in History of the English Bible. His book on The English Bible from KJV to NIV[20] is one of the important works on the history of the English Bible. He maintained an interest in this area throughout his career. In 2004 in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Version, at the invitation of the American Bible Society and its Eugene A. Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship, Lewis presented a paper on the history of the printing of the KJV. This was published in Translation that Openeth the Window.[21] He also published Questions You Have Asked about Bible Translations.[22] Lewis's most recent release, The Day after Domesday: The Making of the Bishops Bible,[23] is a study of the Bishops Bible, least known of the Tudor period Bibles and predecessor to the King James Version.[24] At the age of 93, Jack Lewis published his autobiography, As I Remember It.[25]

Lewis taught a variety of courses in the Old and New Testament and a number of his books grew out of these classes: A Study of the Interpretation of Noah and the Flood in Jewish and Christian Literature[26] (published version of his dissertation at Hebrew Union), Historical Backgrounds to Bible People,[27]Historical Backgrounds of Bible History,[28] a two-volume commentary on The Gospel According to Matthew,[29]The Minor Prophets,[30]Exegesis of Difficult Passages,[31] and Hebrew Wisdom and Poetry.[32]

Lewis read papers at the meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Evangelical Theological Society. He published at least 84 articles in eight different encyclopedias and dictionaries on a wide range of topics: Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary,[33]Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament,[34]Baker's Dictionary of Theology,[35]Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia,[36]Anchor Bible Dictionary,[37]Baker's Dictionary of Christian Ethics,[38]Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible,[39] and Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement.[40]

Honors and awards[edit]

In 1967-68 Lewis received a fellowship grant from the American Schools of Oriental Research to study as a Thayer Fellow in Jerusalem. He participated in an archaeological excavation at Aran. In 1968, he received the Twentieth Century Christian Education award in recognition of his "scholarly research, profound writing, and inspirational teaching."[41]

In 1983 he was chosen Senior Fellow at the W. F. Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. He served on the editorial boards of the Restoration Quarterly and Journal of Hebraic Studies. He served as president of the Southern section of the Evangelical Theological Society in 1969-70.[42]

In 1994 Lewis was invited to be the commencement speaker at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. At the graduation ceremonies there in 2006, Lewis was awarded a Graduate Medallion as an outstanding alumnus.[43]

In 2011 Heritage Christian University established the annual Jack P. Lewis lectures in his honor.[44]

Selected works[edit]

  • Archaeological Backgrounds to Bible People. University Christian Student Center Annual Lectureship, 1969. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1981. ISBN 0801055075.
  • Archaeology and the Bible. Way of Life Series. Abilene, TX: Biblical Research, 1975. ISBN 0891121137.
  • As I Remember It: An Autobiography. Nashville, TN: Gospel Advocate, 2012. ISBN 0892255986.
  • Basic Beliefs. Nashville: 21st Century Christian, 2013. ISBN 0890985316.
  • Between the Testaments. Nashville, TN: 21st Century Christian, 2014. ISBN 0890986940.
  • Biblical Archaeology: A Supplement. 2 vols. Edited by Eddie Cloer. Truth for Today Commentary. Searcy, AR: Resource Publications, 2015-2016. ISBN 0945441541.
  • The Day after Domesday: The Making of the Bishops Bible. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2016. ISBN 9781498233439.
  • Early Explorers of Bible Lands. Abilene, TX: ACU Press, 2013. ISBN 9780891124511.
  • The English Bible from KJV to NIV: A History and Evaluation. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1981. ISBN 0801055997. 2nd ed., 1991. ISBN 0801056667.
  • Ethics of the Prophets. Henderson, TN: Hester Publications, 2001. ISBN 0971794871.
  • Exegesis of Difficult Passages. Searcy, AR: Resource Publications, 1988. ISBN 0945441002.
  • The Gospel According to Matthew. 2 vols. The Living Word Commentary. Austin, TX: Sweet, 1976. ISBN 0834400650.
  • Historical Backgrounds of Bible History. University Christian Student Center Annual Lectureship, 1969. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1971. ISBN 0801055075.
  • Historical Backgrounds to Bible People. Henderson, TN: Hester Publications, 2008. ISBN B003K1SZ5I.
  • "Jamnia after Forty Years." Hebrew Union College Annual 70-71 (1999-2000): 233-59.
  • "Jamnia (Jabneh), Council of." In Anchor Bible Dictionary, 3:634-37. Edited by David Noel Freedman. New York: Doubleday, 1992. ISBN 0385193602.
  • "Jamnia Revisited." In The Canon Debate, 146-62. Edited by Lee Martin McDonald and James A. Sanders. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2002. ISBN 1565635175.
  • Major Prophets. Henderson, TN: Hester Publications, 1999. ISBN 9780971794818.
  • The Minor Prophets. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1966. ISBN 0801055091.
  • Questions You've Asked about Bible Translations. Searcy, AR: Resource Publications, 1991. ISBN 0945441045.
  • Studies in the Non-Writing Prophets of the Bible. Henderson TN: Hester Publications, 2006. ISBN B0017SSI6C.
  • These Things Are Written: Bible Lectures Presented at Harding from 1952-2012. Searcy, AR: Truth for Today World Mission School, 2013. ISBN 9780982580271.
  • Understanding Genesis. Nashville, TN: Christian Communications, 1987. ISBN 0892253002.
  • "Yahweh: The God of Israel." In Restoring the First-century Church in the Twenty-first Century: Essays in the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement in Honor of Don Haymes, 29-41. Edited by Warren Lewis and Hans Rollmann. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2005. ISBN 1597524166.

See also[edit]


  1. ^Harold Hazelip, "A Dean's Tribute to Jack P. Lewis," in Biblical Interpretation: Principles and Practices: Studies in Honor of Jack Pearl Lewis, ed. F. Furman Kearley, Edward P. Myers, and Timothy D. Hadley (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1986), 17-18. ISBN 0801054729.
  2. ^Eddie Cloer, "Editor's Preface," in Biblical Archaeology: A Supplement, 2 vols., ed. Eddie Cloer, Truth for Today Commentary (Searcy, AR: Resource Publications, 2015-2016), 2:viii. ISBN 0945441541.
  3. ^Don L. Meredith, "Forward," in As I Remember It: An Autobiography, by Jack P. Lewis (Nashville, TN: Gospel Advocate, 2012), 9-10. ISBN 0892255986.
  4. ^Jack P. Lewis, As I Remember It: An Autobiography (Nashville, TN: Gospel Advocate, 2012), 67-87.
  5. ^Lewis, As I Remember It, 88-106.
  6. ^Jack P. Lewis, "A Study of the Effectiveness of Poetry in Sermon Technique." M.A. thesis, Sam Houston State Teachers College, 1944.
  7. ^James E. Howard, "The Life and Work of Jack P. Lewis," in Biblical Interpretation: Principles and Practices: Studies in Honor of Jack Pearl Lewis, ed. F. Furman Kearley, Edward P. Myers, and Timothy D. Hadley (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1986), 12-13. ISBN 0801054729.
  8. ^Lewis, As I Remember It, 178-91.
  9. ^"What Do We Mean by Jabneh?" Journal of Bible and Religion 32 (April 1964): 125 32.
  10. ^"What Do We Mean by Jabneh?" in The Canon and Masorah of the Hebrew Bible, ed. Sihnayer Z. Leiman (New York: KTAV, 1974), 254-61. ISBN 0870681648.
  11. ^Niels Peter Lemche, The Old Testament Between Theology and History (Louisville: Westminster, 2008), 279. ISBN 0664232450
  12. ^Frederick E. Greenspahn, ed., The Hebrew Bible: New Insights and Scholarship (New York: University Press, 2008), 152. ISBN 0814731872.
  13. ^See more at:
  14. ^Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement, ed. Douglas A. Foster, Paul M. Blowers, Anthony L. Dunnavant, and D. Newell Williams (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004), 89. ISBN 0802838987.
  15. ^See the NIV Committee on Bible Translation at
  16. ^"Jamnia (Jabneh), Council of," in Anchor Bible Dictionary, ed. David Noel Freedman (New York: Doubleday, 1992), 3:634-7. ISBN 0385193602.
  17. ^"Jamnia after Forty Years," Hebrew Union College Annual 70-71 (1999-2000): 233-59.
  18. ^"Jamnia Revisited," in The Canon Debate, ed. Lee Martin McDonald and James A. Sanders (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2002), 146-62. ISBN 1565635175.
  19. ^Interpreting 2 Corinthians 5:14 21: An Exercise in Hermeneutics, Studies in the Bible and Early Christianity, vol. 17 (Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 1989). ISBN 0889466173.
  20. ^Grand Rapids: Baker, 1981. ISBN 0801055997. 2nd ed. (1991). ISBN 0801056667.
  21. ^"The King James Editions: Their Character and Revision History," in Translation That Openeth the Window: Reflections on the History and Legacy of the King James Bible, ed. David G. Burke, Biblical Scholarship in North America, 23 (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009), 97-117. ISBN 9781589833562.
  22. ^Questions You've Asked about Bible Translations (Searcy, AR: Resource Publications, 1991). ISBN 0945441045.
  23. ^The Day after Domesday: The Making of the Bishops Bible (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2016). ISBN 9781498233439.
  24. ^Lewis, The Day after Domesday, preface.
  25. ^Nashville, TN: Gospel Advocate, 2012. ISBN 0892255986.
  26. ^A Study of the Interpretation of Noah and the Flood in Jewish and Christian Literature (Leiden: Brill, 1978, c1968). ISBN 9004054987.
  27. ^Historical Backgrounds to Bible People (Henderson, TN: Hester Publications, 2008). ISBN B003K1SZ5I.
  28. ^Historical Backgrounds of Bible History, University Christian Student Center Annual Lectureship, 1969 (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1971). ISBN 0801055075.
  29. ^The Gospel According to Matthew, 2 vols., The Living Word Commentary (Austin, TX: Sweet, 1976). ISBN 978-0834400658.
  30. ^The Minor Prophets (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1966). ISBN 0801055091.
  31. ^Exegesis of Difficult Passages (Searcy, AR: Resource Publications, 1988). ISBN 0945441002.
  32. ^Hebrew Wisdom and Poetry (Henderson, TN: Hester Publications, 2004).
  33. ^Herbert Lockyer, Sr. ed., Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Nashville: T. Nelson, 1986). ISBN 0840749554.
  34. ^R. Laird Harris, ed., Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, 2 vols. (Chicago: Moody, 1980). ISBN 0802486312.
  35. ^Everett F. Harrison, ed. Baker's Dictionary of Theology (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1960). ISBN 0801042895.
  36. ^Charles F. Pfeiffer, Howard F. Vos, and John Rea, eds., Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (Chicago: Moody, 1975). ISBN 0802496970.
  37. ^David Noel Freedman, Anchor Bible Dictionary, 6 vols. (New York: Doubleday, 1992). ISBN 0385193602.
  38. ^Carl F. H. Henry, ed., Baker's Dictionary of Christian Ethics (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1973). ISBN 0801040795.
  39. ^Merrill C. Tenney, ed. Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, 5 vols. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1975). ISBN 0310331889.
  40. ^Douglas A. Foster, Paul M. Blowers, Anthony L. Dunnavant, and D. Newell Williams, eds., The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004). ISBN 0802838987.
  41. ^Howard, "The Life and Work of Jack P. Lewis," 14.
  42. ^Howard, "The Life and Work of Jack P. Lewis," 15.
  43. ^See
  44. ^See

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