Donald Robinson (1922-2018) Concept uri icon

Donald William Bradley Robinson was born on 9 November 1922, the son of a clergyman in the Diocese of Sydney. He studied classics at Sydney University, graduating in 1946, and theology at Queen's College, Cambridge, graduating in 1950. He then returned to Sydney where he served at St Matthew's Manly and then in 1952 at St Philip's Sydney, while at the same time commencing as a Lecturer in Old Testament at Moore College. Two years later he was appointed a senior lecturer at the College, this time concentrating on New Testament. When Broughton Knox became Principal of Moore College in 1959, Donald became his Vice Principal. Their partnership would prove to be one of the most fruitful in the history of  Australian Christianity, both in terms of theological stimulus and evangelical churchmanship: Donald the creative biblical scholar whose commitment to what the words of the text actually say was almost relentless; and Broughton the insightful theologian who addressed many of the same issues at the larger conceptual level and who refused to be a prisoner of theological or ecclesiastical convention. They were genuinely formidable. Donald stayed at Moore College alongside Broughton until he became Bishop of Parramatta in 1972 and he was elected Archbishop of Sydney in 1982. He retired in 1993. Donald and his wife Marie (Taubman) were blessed with four children: Martin, Peter, Annie and Mark.
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