The Roy Zuck Vital Issues Series draws upon the wisdom and research of dozens of esteemed evangelical scholars and writers to address the many issues and challenges of contemporary living. The articles in this collection were thoughtfully selected by general editor Roy B. Zuck from the hallowed pages of the Bibliotheca Sacra and published to commemorate both the sesquicentennial of the journal's founding in New York (1843–1993), and its diamond anniversary at Dallas Theological Seminary (1934–1994). The insightful words of the archetypal writers featured in these volumes address questions faced by everyone who sincerely seeks to be more Christ like and to please God.
The articles found in this collection have been selected by Roy Zuck and topically arranged into these twelve volumes. The chapters have been slightly modified for formatting, and are available in their complete and original form as part of the Bibliotheca Sacra which is included in the Theological Journal Library: Volumes 1-10.
Dr. Roy B. Zuck (1932–2013) was Senior Professor Emeritus of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary where he served in various professorial and administrative positions since 1973. A former executive vice-president for Scripture Press in Wheaton, Illinois, Zuck always had a passion for solid, Bible-based publications in the realm of Christian youth ministry education. He wrote or edited hundreds of books and journal entries and currently serves as the editor of the oldest theological quarterly in the western world—Bibliotheca Sacra.
Born on January 20, 1932, in Phoenix, Arizona, the older of two children, Zuck quickly developed a love for Scripture and heard God's calling at age 11. He was so anxious to begin his Bible training that he wrote Biola University in La Mirada, California, to request an application for admission. Biola told him to wait a couple of years before applying. Zuck entered Biola in 1949, held the position of president of the student council his senior year and served as the class speaker while on his way to graduating cum laude at the top of his class in 1953. He met his wife-to-be Dottie while they both served on student council, and they were married in 1954.
After earning his B.A. from Biola, Zuck attended Dallas Theological Seminary, completing his Th.M. in 1957, writing his thesis on the challenging imprecatory Psalms. During his doctoral residency, he assisted Howard Hendricks as a teaching fellow, and gained his Th.D. in 1961 after writing his subsequently published and re-published dissertation The Place of the Holy Spirit in Teaching, which is presently in print as Spirit Filled Teaching. Dr. Zuck's graduate studies at Northern Illinois University and North Texas State University have fed his search for knowledge since then.
Dr. Zuck spent fourteen years in the publishing business, and then returned to Dallas Theological Seminary in 1973, taking on the tasks and responsibilities of assistant academic dean and associate professor of Bible exposition. He became academic dean in 1985, serving as such until achieving the position of department chairman and Senior Professor of Bible Exposition in 1992. Dr. Zuck retired from Dallas Seminary in 1996.