John Albert Broadus, D.D., LL.D., Professor of Homiletics and Interpretation of the New Testament in the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was born in Culpeper Co., Va., Jan. 24, 1827. His family is of Welsh extraction, and the name was formerly spelt Broadhurst. His father was a prominent member of the Virginia Legislature a number of years. Dr. Broadus was educated at the University of Virginia, where he took the degree of A.M. in 1850. In 1851 he was elected Assistant Professor of Latin and Greek in that institution, and filled the place two years. He was pastor of the Baptist church at Charlottesville during the same period and till 1855, when he was elected chaplain of the university, and served two years. He then returned to his former pastorate. In 1859 he was elected to his present professorship. In 1863 he preached as missionary in Gen. R. E. Lee's army. From this period till 1865 he was corresponding secretary of the Sunday-School board of the Southern Baptist Convention. During this period he published various small works, which were circulated in such of the Southern States as were accessible at that time. In 1870 he published a book on the "Preparation and Delivery of Sermons," which was republished in England, and has been adopted as a text-book in various theological seminaries of different denominations in Europe and America. Besides various review articles, sermons, and numberless newspaper articles, he published in 1867-69, in the Religious Herald, of Richmond, Va., a series of papers criticising the American Bible Union's version of the New Testament, and in 1872-73 another series entitled "Reflections of Travel," in which he gave an account of a tour he made through Europe, Egypt, and Palestine in 1870-71. In 1876 he published a series of leetures on the history of preaching. Dr. Broadus ranks with the ablest preachers of his generation.
[William Cathcart, editor, The Baptist Encyclopedia, 1881; reprint, 1988, pp. 139-140. Scanned and formatted by Jiim Duvall.]
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