In the course of research several weeks ago I ran across the work of David Lipscomb Cooper. I knew the name, but never really explored his life and work beyond a passing acquaintance. Cooper is probably best known for his articulation of pretribulationalist dispensational premillennialism. Born in Nashville and educated at Nashville Bible School under his namesake, David Lipscomb. He then studied at University of Louisville and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville,KY). Cooper taught at Harper College (Harper, KS) before taking a post as head of the department of ancient languages at Abilene Christian College.
David Lipscomb Cooper, Abilene Christian College, Optimist September 21, 1922, page 1.
His study of Jewish missions at Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL) drew upon his interest in Israel, Zionism, Messianic Judaism, apologetics and missions. Fused with premillennialism, these commitments informed his urgent and zealous writing and speaking ministry. After studying at Moody he went west to Bible Institute of Los Angeles, where he taught until the Depression forced his lay off. He then established Biblical Research Society, a teaching ministry he led until his death in 1965. He devoted the remainder of his life and career to writing, teaching, conducting conferences and travel.
Thanks to the kind generosity of BiblicalResearch.info and Ariel Ministries we now have a nice matched-set of Cooper’s seven-volume Messianic Series. This set is upstairs in technical services now and when cataloging is complete, it will be shelved in the Center for Restoration Studies and will be available for research.
David Lipscomb Cooper, Messianic Series
Our goal at Milliken Special Collections and Center for Restoration Studies is to be a comprehensive research center that can support a very wide array of research needs in Restoration history and thought. To that end we aim for fullness in our collections. And that means we are always on the lookout to fill gaps in the collection. And that means we are always looking for partners who value this mission. Many donors over many years built a fine collection. As we look to further enrich it, we can only do so through the kindness and generosity of partners and who donate materials, ensuring their long-term preservation and availability for research.
For Think Magazine, based just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, we lack these issues: v4:n1-12 (Jan-Dec 2009)
v5:n1 (Jan 2010)
v6:n2 (Feb 2011)
v7:n11 (Nov 2012)
v9:n3,4,5,6 (March-June 2014)
v10:n5-12 (May-Dec 2015)
v11:n1-7 (Jan-July 2016)
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A while ago researcher and writer Patricia Benoit spent an afternoon in the Center for Restoration Studies researching for an article about songwriter Tillit Syndey Teddlie. Teddlie was widely known among Churches of Christ for publishing hymnals and composing hymns. Click here to read her article in the Temple Daily Telegram. The Tillit Syndey Teddlie Papers (1885-1987) are Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #29; click here for the finding aid for the collection.
‘Worthy Art thou’ manuscript, Tillit Sydney Teddlie Papers, Center for Restoration Studies, Abilene Christian University