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Retired SWBTS professor Harry Hunt dies
By Alex Sibley
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – Harry B. Hunt Jr., professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1976-2002, died Jan. 19. He was 76.
“Southwestern Seminary offers its condolences to the Hunt family, as well as our gratitude for Dr. Hunt’s service on Seminary Hill,” said President Adam W. Greenway. “I encourage all Southwesterners to join me in prayer for the family during this time of loss.”
Hunt was born July 16, 1944, in Marshall, Texas, to Harry Bass Hunt Sr. and Annie Beverly Ross Hunt. He completed his Bachelor of Science at Stephen F. Austin University in 1966 and proceeded to earn three degrees from Southwestern Seminary – Master of Divinity (1968), Doctor of Theology (1972) and Doctor of Philosophy (1978).
Prior to graduating college, Hunt married Patricia Lou Blackwell Jan. 23, 1965, at Central Baptist Church in Carthage, Texas. From 1966-1971, Hunt pastored Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Texas. This was followed by a second pastorate at Friendship Baptist Church in Gladewater, Texas, from 1971-1973.
Hunt then began his career in academia. He served as associate professor of religion at Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Mo., from 1973-1976, and then transitioned to Southwestern Seminary to teach Old Testament and Semitic languages, which he did for the next 26 years, retiring in 2002.
Following his death, many former students and colleagues expressed their appreciation for Hunt’s years of service. Multiple individuals reflected on Hunt’s 7 a.m. Old Testament Survey course, many of whom took this as their first-ever seminary class, with Hunt as their first-ever professor.