Charles C. Ryrie, a scholar whose name abounds on Ryrie Study Bible editions with more than 2.6 million in print in multiple languages, died Feb. 16 in Dallas at age 90.
Known for his end-times theology of dispensationalism, Ryrie was a longtime systematic theology professor at Dallas Theological Seminary.
“If ever there lived a man whose life was immersed in the Bible it was Charles Ryrie,” said O.S. Hawkins, Ryrie’s former pastor at First Baptist Church of Dallas.
“He was a mentor and compassionate counselor to me personally,” Hawkins said, “and I already miss our frequent visits and fellowship. I can still hear him say, ‘The Bible is the greatest of all books, to study it is the noblest of all pursuits, to understand it, the highest of all goals.'”
Ryrie was the editor of the The Ryrie Study Bible which includes more than 10,000 of his footnotes.
In the preface to the original 1978 edition, he wrote, “The Bible is the greatest of all books; to study it is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.” The Ryrie Study Bible has gone on to sell more than 2.6 million copies.
In the preface of the original edition of the bible, first published in 1978, Ryrie wrote, “The Bible is the greatest of all books; to study it is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.”
In addition to the study Bible, Ryrie wrote more than 50 books. During his time at Dallas Theological Seminary, he also served as dean of doctoral students for more than 20 years before retiring in 1983.
Ryrie held a Ph.D. degree from the University of Edinburgh; Th.D. and Th.M. degrees from DTS; and an undergraduate degree from Haverford College in Pennsylvania.
He is survived by three children and three grandchildren.
— by Art Toalston | BP