Visiting Baptist Theologians, II

In the last post, pictures of James P. Boyce’s grave marker were posted. In this post, the pictures are from John A. Broadus’ marker. Although, Boyce’s marker stands taller than Broadus’, the Broadus monument is much more ornate as seen below. John Broadus was one of the founding faculty members of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and its 2nd president. He was a close personal friend of James Boyce and wrote a memoir of his friend titled A Gentleman and a Scholar, which is still in print. It was probably Broadus who said the following as recorded in the aforementioned memoir: “[p]resently some one said, ‘Suppose we quietly agree that the Seminary may die, but we’ll die first” (p. 200). This statement was made during a meeting of the four founding faculty members (Boyce, Broadus, Manly Jr, Williams) after the Civil War when the future of the Seminary was very much in doubt. It was the vision of these men for theological education which is the reason Southern Seminary exists today.

Broadus Marker

Plaque on the Back of Broadus Monument which reads:
“THE GENTLENES OF THE LAMB.
THE SAMSON STRENGTH OF THE LION.
THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON.
ERUDITE SCHOLAR: FAMOUS PREACHER
“A SAINT IN ISRAEL” TO HIM THIS SHAFT
IS RAISED TO STAND WHILE TIME LASTS. TO
MARK HIS GRAVE – “THE LAST MANSION OF
MORTALITY” – AS A FEEBLE TOKEN OF
ESTEEM AND VENERATION FOR HIS MEMORY
BY THE “LAST LEAF FROM THE TREE” OF THE
W. F. NORTON FAMILY
Broadus Footstone

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