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Service of Thanksgiving for David Gooding

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Service of Thanksgiving for David Gooding 7th November 2019



This is the official recording of the service of thanksgiving for David Gooding. The service was held on the 7th November 2019 at the Crescent Church, Belfast. Tributes were given by David’s nephew Graham Lacey, Prof KO Lee, Prof John Lennox and Dr Josh Fitzhugh.

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A Short Biography
David Gooding was born in Ipswich, England on 16th September 1925, the youngest of six children: four brothers and two sisters. His mother died when he was nine, and as a young man he helped with the care of his father.

After the Second World War David studied Classics at Trinity College, Cambridge (1947–54). He was then appointed to a Post–Doctoral Research Fellowship, studying ancient manuscripts at Durham University from 1954–59.

From 1959–79 he was a lecturer and then reader in Classics at Queen’s University, Belfast. He was appointed professor of Old Testament Greek in 1979, and professor of Greek in 1983. He retired in 1986, becoming professor emeritus. He was elected as a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 1977.

As well as academic monographs and articles relating to the Septuagint, he published many Bible commentaries, apologetic works, and a manual on the New Testament’s use of the Old. His books have been translated into over twenty–five languages. In 1989 he and John Lennox began working on books and articles to be published in Russia and Ukraine.

During his time in Northern Ireland, David was an active member of a church in Belfast, meeting in Apsley Hall. He travelled widely, giving Bible talks and lectures to thousands of Christians on a wide variety of books and topics. His insightful approach to Bible study continues to be helpful through his publications, many of which are available on the Myrtlefield House website.

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