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Kyle, Melvin Grove (1858-1933)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1933 Jun 21 p. 1

Birth date: 1858

text of obituary:

The Church’s Loss, His Gain

Dr. Melvin Grove Kyle, eminent educator, archaeologist and publicist, died May 25 after a brief illness at his home in Pittsburgh. He had passed the seventy-fifth anniversary of his birth, and although not in rugged health he planned to carry on his research work. The loss to the Christian world is great, but for him his entrance to the presence of the Lord he loved is gain.

Many will be the encomiums for his accomplishments as a seminary administrator and educator, archaeologist, editor and writer. He held a rare position in theological education as one who combined a broad and accurate scientific knowledge with entire loyalty to the Scriptures as the inerrant Word of God. As president, and professor of Biblical Theology, at Xenia Seminary, archaeologist in Bible lands, editor of Bibliotheca Sacra and the Archaeology Department of the Sunday School Times, and author of scholarly works in defense of the Bible, he gained a host o friends both amongst Christian scholars and in the church at large.

Dr. Kyle was always ready to defend his convictions and the faith he lived and died by, but he gave no occasion to be classesd [sic] with those whose principal occupation is the criticizing of their fellow-members in the Body of Christ. With him Christian fellowship in the present world was a foretaste of the heavenly experience. We thank God upon every remembrance of him and his spirit o helpfulness. — R. T. C. in E. T. C. Bulletin.

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