Dr. Norman R. Ericson

Dr. Norman R. Ericson was a Professor of New Testament Studies, author and translator.

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Dr. Norman R. Ericson (1932-2011)


Dr. Norman Raymond Ericson was Professor Emeritus of Wheaton College (IL) having served as Professor of New Testament from 1977 until his retirement in 2000. During that time he also served as Chair of the Department of Bible Theology and Archeology of Wheaton College and the Wheaton Graduate School. Prior to teaching at Wheaton, Dr. Ericson taught New Testament and Greek at Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield IL.) He also taught as an adjunct professor at Northern Baptist Seminary (Lombard, IL) and at the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and in New Jersey. He led three trips of summer studies to The Holy Lands.

Dr. Ericson was a popular teacher known for engaging his students. He effectively communicated with students at all levels of the academic experience, giving each one a sense of being his principal focus. While most of his courses were taught relating to New Testament Studies, he enjoyed teaching ancient Greek and Old Testament courses as well.

One of the significant contributions Dr. Ericson made in the scholarship of Biblical Studies was his work on the interpretation of the Old Testament in the New Testament. This area of interest goes back to his work on his doctoral thesis at the University of Chicago. His presentation at the Evangelical Theological Society on the topic was an important contribution.

He also concentrated his scholarship on the Petrine Epistles of the New Testament, 1st Peter, 2nd Peter and Jude. Additionally, Dr. Ericson was known for his teaching of the Gospel of John and the books of James and Hebrews in the New Testament. While an evangelical theologically, he also taught the importance of knowing and engaging scholarship from New Testament criticism.

In 1988 he began his involvement with Tyndale House Publishers as a General Reviewer of the Letters and Revelation sections of the New Testament for the New Living Translation of the Bible. Dr. Ericson was the General Reviewer of the Letters and Revelation books of the New Testament in the New Living Translation of the Bible. He was also one of the translators of Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, Jude in that translation.

Norman R. Ericson was enrolled at Trinity Seminary and Bible College from 1950-1952 when he graduated in 1952 with an Associate of Arts degree. He then earned his B.A. degree from the University of Nebraska. Returning to Trinity in 1954, he earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary in 1957. He completed his studies with a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies at the University of Chicago in 1972.