William J. Larkin Jr. (1945–2014) (PhD, University of Durham) was a biblical studies professor and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. He joined the faculty of Columbia Biblical Seminary in 1975 after a year of pastoral ministry in Philadelphia and the completion of graduate study in England. His passion was preparing pastors and missionaries, through the study of the Greek New Testament, to communicate God’s Word accurately and effectively as a “missions document."
Dr. Larkin was a member of the Evangelical Missiological Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature. He has written articles and reviews for various periodicals including Bulletin of Biblical Research, Evangelical Missions Quarterly, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, and Themelios. He has contributed to The Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, The Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments, and The Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions. He is the author of several books, including Greek Is Great Gain, the IVP New Testament Commentary volume on Acts, and the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary volume on Luke and Acts.