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Biography of Author

Dr. Joe Temple

BORN: October 14, 1917, East McKeesport, Pennsylvania.

FAMILY: Married Christine Ray of Thomaston, Georgia, June 30, 1940. They were the parents of seven childen. Mrs. Temple went to be with the Lord May 23, 1972. Dr. Temple went to be with the Lord December 13, 1990.

FORMAL TRAINING: Graduated Bob Jones University in 1939 with a B.A. degree in Religion with emphasis on the original Languages, Greek and Hebrew. Graduate work: Hardin Simmons University.

INFORMAL TRAINING: Extensive private study related to daily expository messages on a daily radio program for 51 years, as well as a weekly television program on which the Bible was presented verse by verse, chapter by chapter from Genesis to Revelation.

RECOGNITION: In 1964, the Board of Trustees of Bob Jones University voted to confer upon him the degree of Doctor of Divinity in recognition of his long years of faithful exposition of the Word of God from the pulpit and printed page, through which he became internationally known.

MINISTRY: In 1943, he founded the Abilene Bible Conference Association, a non–profit corporation through which his varied ministries could be carried on. Its headquarters is in Abilene Bible Church, 3125 Oldham Lane, Abilene, Texas 79602.

In addition to speaking in Bible Conferences throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America, and Europe, and an extensive Summer Camp ministry, Dr. Temple spoke in colleges, universities, and seminaries, among which were Bob Jones University, Dallas Theological Seminary and LeTourneau College. He was Bible Hour Speaker for the Gideons' International Convention, as well as for regional and state conventions.