Robert Dobbie

Robert Dobbie (19012000) was a Pastor hailing from Dundee, Scotland who taught Old Testament at the Universities of Glasgow (19461947), St. Andrews (19471955), Toronto (19551969) and at Carleton (19691974).[1]

Robert Dobbie
Born (1901-12-03)3 December 1901[1]

Died 2000
Education Glasgow University, B. A. (1927), B. D., (1927)
University of London, B. D. (1934), M. Th., (1940)[1]
Church Congregational[2]
Congregations served
Dunfermline, 1927-1936
Cambusland, 1936-1941
Ardroffan, 1941-1946[1]
Offices held
Lecturer, Glasgow University(1946-1947)
Lecturer, St. Andrew’s University(1947-1955)
Professor, Emmanuel College(1955-1969)
Professor, Carleton University(1969-1974)[1]
Title Reverend Doctor

Robert Dobbie was active in contributing to Old Testament scholarship. Wolfgang Roth was a student[3] of Dobbie at Toronto. Dobbie also used to compose hymns.

Dobbie was a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and was at one time elected as Vice-President[4] of the Canadian section of Society of Biblical Literature. Dobbie used to contribute to Old Testament scholarship through his writings which appeared in biblical journals like The Expository Times,[5]Vetus Testamentum[6], Canadian Journal of Theology,[7]Scottish Journal of Theology,[8]International Review of Missions.[9]

Dobbie last taught at the Carleton University where he was Visiting Professor of Religion from 1969[10] onwards.

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  • Eternal Father, Lord of space and time[1]
  • Eternal God, we consecrate these children[1]
  • 1955, The Text of Hosea Ix 8[6]
  • 1958, Sacrifice and Morality in the Old Testament[5]
  • 1958, Jeremiah and the preacher[7]
  • 1958, A Meditation on Jonah[11]
  • 1959, Deuteronomy and the prophetic attitude to sacrifice[8]
  • 1962, The Biblical Foundation of the Mission of the Church. I: The Old Testament[9]

The Senate of the Victoria University in the University of Toronto conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by Honoris Causa upon Dobbie in 1979.[12]

  1. Hugh McKellar, DNAH Archives, Hymnary, Robert Dobbie.
  2. 100th Anniversary, Calumet Congregational Church, 1873, The Church, 1973.
  3. W. M. W. Roth, Numerical Sayings in the Old Testament: A Form-Critical Study, E. J. Brill, Leiden, 1965.
  4. Journal of Biblical Literature, Volumes 78-79, Society of Biblical Literature and Exegesis, 1959, p.374.
  5. Robert Dobbie, Sacrifice and Morality in the Old Testament, The Expository Times 70, 1958-1959, pp.297-300. Cited in Cyril S. Rodd, Glimpses of a Strange Land: Studies in Old Testament Ethics, T&T Clark, London, 2001, p.342.
  6. Robert Dobbie, The Text of Hosea Ix 8, Vetus Testamentum, 1955, Vol.5(1), pp.199-203.
  7. Robert Dobbie, Jeremiah and the preacher, Canadian Journal of Theology, 4.1 (January 1958), pp. 37-45.
  8. Robert Dobbie, Deuteronomy and the prophetic attitude to sacrifice, Scottish Journal of Theology, 1959, Vol.12(1), pp.68-82.
  9. Robert Dobbie, The Biblical Foundation of the Mission of the Church. I: The Old Testament, International Review of Missions 51, 1962, pp.196-205. Cited in Walter C. Jr. Kaiser, Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations, Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, 2012 (Second Edition).
  10. The Ottawa Journal from Ottawa, 20 June 1969, p.13
  11. Robert Dobbie, A Meditation on Jonah, Canadian Journal of Theology 4.3 (July 1958), pp. 195-199.
  12. Honorary Degrees Conferred by Senate of Victoria University in the University of Toronto 1970-1979.
Further reading
  • Victor Shepherd (2002). “On Fearing God”. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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