HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: A Tribute to Melvin D. Curry, Jr.
Author: Ferrell Jenkins, editor
Cover Illustrator: Barry Wallace
Publisher: Florida College Bookstore, 1997
Related website: http://bookstore.floridacollege.edu/store/ (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Jenkins, Ferrell, editor. A Tribute to Melvin D. Curry, Jr. (published by Florida College Bookstore, 119 N. Glen Arven Ave., Temple Terrace, FL). Melvin Curry, born in 1931 at Orlando, FL, was a student at Florida College, then known as Florida Christian College, a small private school in Temple Terrace, FL, in the late 1940s and early 1950s. After completing his higher education, he returned to Florida College as a professor in 1963, served as Chairman of the Bible department from 1975 to 1991 following the retirement of Homer Hailey, and then himself retired after a third of a century of teaching Bible at the college in 1997. This Festschrift, with twenty essays, was edited by Ferrell Jenkins, who succeeded brother Curry as Chairman of Biblical Studies at the college, to honor brother Curry’s retirement. The writers were either former students of Melvin Curry at Florida College or colleagues on the faculty. Some were both, and one was his teacher.
I was enrolled at Florida College from 1972 to 1974 and had Melvin Curry for one class. He was an excellent teacher. In addition to his teaching at the college, he was active in preaching with various congregations in the Tampa Bay area. I heard him present sermons on several occasions, and he is an excellent preacher too. There is no specific theme to the book, but the essays divide themselves into five major categories, beginning with tributes written by longtime friends; then “Proclaiming the Word,” “Biblical Studies,” “Apologetics,” and “Historical and Doctrinal Studies.” The essays represent a wealth of scholarship, and all the writers are men whom I have known or at least met, though some of them have since passed on. The book concludes with “A Select Bibliography of the Writings of Melvin D. Curry, Jr.” compiled by James A. Hodges and Ferrell Jenkins.