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Church – Respected Bible teacher John L. Mackay dies

December 2018

Professor John L. Mackay, lecturer and author of numerous Bible commentaries, has died aged 70. Prof. Mackay was formerly Principal and Professor of Old Testament Studies at the Free Church of Scotland College in Edinburgh (now Edinburgh Theological Seminary).

He passed away peacefully at home on 25 October and is survived by his wife Mary and their children John and Fiona. Prof. Mackay was a well-respected author of many Old Testament commentaries, including on Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Hosea. The Free Church described him as a man of ‘immense intellect’, who was a ‘much sought after lecturer’.

Originally ordained and inducted as minister of Rosskeen Free Church in 1980, he was thereafter appointed as Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Studies at the Free Church College in 1983. He was appointed Principal in 2010. As well as his teaching role at the Free Church College, Prof. Mackay served the Free Church for many years as Senior Clerk of the General Assembly.