BAR 34:03, May/June 2008
Bernhard W. Anderson (1916–2007)
Renowned Biblical scholar Bernhard W. Anderson died on December 26, 2007, at the age of 91. He was professor emeritus of Old Testament theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, an enthusiastic teacher and archaeologist. His textbook Understanding the Old Testament, perhaps his best-known work, was first published in 1957 and went on to set sales records in the field of Biblical studies. One of the preeminent Old Testament scholars of the 20th century, his insightful yet accessible style of teaching inspired countless students to follow in his footsteps.
After completing high school early, Anderson attended the College of the Pacific (now the University of the Pacific), where he studied music and majored in religion. Upon graduation in 1936, he continued his exhaustive course of study with a divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in 1939 and a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Yale Divinity School in 1945.