A Handbook of Texas Baptist Biography.A Handbook of Texas The Handbook of Texas (ISBN 0-87611-151-7) is a comprehensive encyclopedia of Texas geography, history, and historical persons published jointly by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) and the General Libraries at The University of Texas at Austin. Baptist Biography. By Joseph E. Early, Jr., by the author through AuthorHouse publishing, 2004, 238 pp.
From their early days, beginning about 1820, as an illegal group in Stephen Austin's colony in Mexican Texas
Mexican Texas is the given name by Texas history scholars to the period between 1821 and 1836, when Texas was part of Mexico, as a part of the state of Coahuila y Tejas. to the present, Baptists in Texas have had a rich and varied history, liberally sprinkled with fascinating, controversial, colorful, and never dull characters. In this delightful biographical encyclopedia or as the author chooses to title it, "handbook," Joseph Early, Jr. documents biographical sketches of the 250 most important Texas Baptists from David Abner to Jesse Yelvington. To qualify for this volume, individuals either to be born in Texas or to have spent a significant portion of their life and ministry there and made major contributions to Baptist life.
Organized alphabetically as expected, the handbook includes controversial figures like J. Frank Norris John Franklyn (J. Frank) Norris, (born September 18, 1877, Dadeville, Alabama, died August 20, 1952, Jacksonville, Florida, USA) was a firebrand fundamentalist preacher and popular Baptist leader. and Samuel A. Hayden as well as beloved figures like Baker James Cauthen and George Truett. Each biographical sketch includes birth and death dates, if available, basic biographical information, some fascinating anecdotal material, and bibliographic references. While the majority of the biographies deal with prominent Anglo pastors, Early gives a fair share of information on lesser-known pastors, leading Baptist women, lay leaders, and African-American pastors. Included here are brief biographies of female leaders Cricket Keys Copass, Anne Luther Bagby, Fannie Davis, Mina Everett, and Lucinda Williams
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Some of the anecdotal material is downright entertaining. At times, however, Early records controversial stories and leaves them unchallenged or implies scandal without following through on the story. Examples might be the infamous story about the young woman living in Rufus Burleson's home or that of the unusual demise of J. Frank Norris's father-in-law. Some will argue with Early's interpretations; few will fail to be informed and intrigued. One example is that of the tragic outcome of an attempted baptism by pioneer pastor, Henry Hurley.
The book contains a few typographical, stylistic, and form errors. Also problematic is the lack of consistency with regard to some of the information that is included. The volume seems to be more heavily weighted toward nineteenth-century Baptists as opposed to twentieth-century Baptists, although the reader should understand that Early includes no living Baptists in his handbook.
There are a few places where Early neglects important detail. For example, in the discussion of philanthropist John G. Hardin, Early fails to mention that Hardin appears in the names of Baptist institutions such as the University of Mary The university is the largest degree granting institution in Bismarck. It also operates accelerated degree programs at satellite locations in North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Kansas, and Missouri. History
The University of Mary was founded in 1955 by the Sisters of St. Hardin-Baylor and Hardin-Simmons University Hardin-Simmons University (or HSU) is a private Baptist university located in Abilene, Texas. Founded in 1891 as The Abilene Baptist University, HSU has since grown. . The naming of these institutions reflected the significant contributions that Hardin and his wife made to those institutions. Early does mention to endowments of Baptist institutions but disregards these lasting tributes relating to relating to relate prep → concernant
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Early is a good storyteller. This handbook is an excellent starting place for those who seek to find more on the great stories that make up Texas Baptist history.--Reviewed by Michael E. (Mike) Williams, St, dean of humanities and social sciences and professor of history, Dallas Baptist University Dallas Baptist University (DBU), formerly known as Dallas Baptist College, is a Christian liberal arts university located in Dallas, Texas, USA. History
DBU began as Decatur Baptist College in Decatur, Texas, in 1898. , Dallas, Texas.