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Dr. Knox Chamblin

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Dr. Knox Chamblin


Dr. Knox Chamblin died on February 7, 2012, in the company of his wife and two daughters. He had a reputation as a masterful classroom teacher and an ardent, lifelong student of the Bible.

Knox Chamblin was born December 28, 1935, to Jones Miller Chamblin and Olivia Knox Chamblin. He grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and graduated from Central High School in 1953. After majoring in Greek at Wheaton College (B.A., 1957), he did post-graduate study in Bible and Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia (B.D., Th.M., 1961), Cambridge University in Cambridge, England (1961-1965), and Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia (Th.D., 1975). On September 10, 1965, he married Ginger Hitchcock, whom he met while living in Decatur. They were married for over forty-six years.

From 1967 to 1980, Dr. Chamblin taught Bible at Belhaven College, and from 1980 to 2001, he was Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary. He was the author of numerous articles and books, including Paul and the Self (Baker, 1993) and a two-volume commentary on the book of Matthew. He was also particularly fond of the writer C.S. Lewis, and often taught classes on his work. In addition to his teaching at Belhaven and RTS, Dr. Chamblin spoke and lectured at seminaries and mission conferences in Brazil, Peru, and Indonesia, preached at numerous churches throughout Mississippi, and for many years taught Sunday School at Trinity Presbyterian Church. He continued to teach part-time up until his diagnosis of leukemia last September.

Knox is remembered for his warm sense of humor and for being a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Ginger Chamblin; two daughters, Beverly Harmon and Claire Holley: two sons-in-law, Stuart Harmon and Chad Holley; five grandchildren, Avery Harmon, Brooke Harmon, Kelsey Harmon, Jack Holley, and Nate Holley; and one sister, Bettye Walker.

Dr. Chamblin's funeral is scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2012, at 2 p.m., at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be Friday, February 10, from 2 to 5 p.m., and Saturday at 1 p.m. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Wright & Ferguson of downtown Jackson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Belhaven University and Reformed Theological Seminary.


Published in Clarion Ledger on Feb. 9, 2012
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