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Longtime SBTS preaching professor dies at 93

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- James William Cox, a renowned homiletics professor who taught at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for more than four decades, died Feb. 21 in Louisville, Ky., at 93. Born in Kingston, Tenn., on Jan. 18, 1923, Cox trained generations of pastors and wrote several notable books on preaching. He joined Southern Seminary's faculty in 1959 as professor of Christian preaching and in 1981 became the first occupant of the Victor and Louise Lester Chair of Christian Preaching. He retired in 1993 and served as a senior professor until his death.