Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Memorials: Walter Weston Wessel

Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Memorials: Walter Weston Wessel

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Walter Weston Wessel was born in Los Angeles, CA, on August 17, 1921, to Otto and Emma Holmfeld Wessel, the fifth of six children. Walter trusted Christ for his eternal salvation as a junior age boy in an evangelistic meeting. He was reared in a Baptist home, and his grandfather was a preacher.

Walter graduated from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles. His higher education consisted of a Th.B. degree from the Bible Institute of Los Angeles in 1944, followed by a B.A., and an M.A., from University of California, Los Angeles in 1946 and 1950 respectively, then a Ph.D. from Edinburgh University in 1953. Walter taught at Biola in downtown Los Angeles in 1950-51; at Western Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary in Portland, OR, from 1952-54; at North American Baptist Seminary in Sioux Fall, SD, from 1955-61; and at Bethel College and Seminary in St. Paul, MN, from 1961-79, where he served as acting dean of the seminary for a time. He then served at Bethel West in San Diego for about fifteen years before retiring in 1992.

He wrote commentaries on Mark (Zondervan, 1984) and the Epistle of James. He was NT Editor of the NIV Study Bible (Zondervan, 1985), as well as NT Editor for the New International Reader's Version. Walter was a U.S. Army Reserve chaplain, and rose to the rank of Colonel. He taught chaplain's schools, took students to the Holy Land on study trips, and loved gardening. …

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