Reserved Seating by William Varner

Reserved Seating

A Place at the Table: George Eldon Ladd and the Rehabilitation of Evangelical Scholarship in America
by John A. D’Elia
Oxford University Press, 2008
(304 pages, $45.00, hardcover)

reviewed by William Varner

George Eldon Ladd (1911–1982) was one of the twentieth century’s foremost Evangelical New Testament scholars. While he played a significant role in defining Evangelicalism through his teaching and literary work, for much of his career he regarded himself as a failure because he did not attain his personal academic goals.

The story is tragic: During the period of his greatest public fame, he privately descended into depression, alcoholism, and alienation from . . .