FAIRBAIRN, PATRICK (1805–1874)
Biblical scholar in the Free Church of Scotland
Born in Berwickshire, Patrick Fairbairn was educated at Edinburgh University and ordained a minister in the Church of Scotland. At the Disruption of 1843 he joined the new Free Church serving as a parish minister in East Lothian. In 1853 Fairbairn became a professor of divinity in the Aberdeen Free Church College, moving in 1856 to its sister institution in Glasgow. Elected moderator of the Free Church general assembly in 1865, Fairbairn traveled to the United States two years later as a member of an official delegation to visit American Presbyterian churches.
Among Fairbairn’s publications are: The Typology of Scripture (two volumes, 1845–1847), The Interpretation of Prophecy (1856), and The Revelation of Law in Scripture (1868). He edited several books, including the Imperial Bible Dictionary, and helped to translate into English several works by the German commentator E. W. Hengstenberg. Fairbairn was a convinced Calvinist. P.Toon
J. D. Douglas, Philip Wesley Comfort and Donald Mitchell, Who’s Who in Christian History, Illustrated Lining Papers. (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House, 1997, c1992).
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