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Thurman C. Petty, Jr.


I`ve been a Pastor and Bible teacher for 40 years.

Experience in the area

I`m a writer--author of 18 Bible-based books and over 200 journal articles. Web site: where a lot of my books and writings are posted. I've been married to the same lovely lady for 55 years. We're more in love now than when we married. My wife and I were missionaries to Pitcairn Island, in the South Pacific, from 1982-1984.


I've been a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church since the age of 9.


Books: Pacific Press Publishing Association; PettyPress. Number of titles published: 16. Journal Articles: Adventist Review; Signs of the Times; Guide Magazine; Ministry: A Journal for Clergy; Sabbath School Leadership; The Youth's Instructor; Student Movement; Cord, and others. Total Journal articles: over 200. Web Site: Contents: 18 of my books; 41 Bible study guides; over 30 sermons; Stories; poems; links to other sites, etc. E-mail address:


I have a BA and a Master`s degree--both degrees are in Biblical studies.

Awards and Honors

I was awarded the "Golden Cord" from my Alma Mater, Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, for my foreign mission service.

What do you like about this subject?

I like Bible study because it helps me understand God and His plan of salvation. I find it fascinating to learn about all the effort and love that God has put into saving us from sin.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I'm a story teller. I've written 5 books covering the Babylonian Captivity of the Jews (Bible Stories for adults--all available on and e-books from the publisher).

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

I've found that studying the Bible by subject (death, hell, faith, etc.)--instead of just reading it through as a book--helps me to understand what God wants me to know. Then, when I read it through as a book, the Bible makes more sense to me.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Nearly all the world believes that the cosmos evolved over billions of years. The Bible describes a God who created this world in six days, and rested the seventh. When humans rebelled against God, He came to earth, became one of us, and then died for us. Evolutionists have no Savior, no hope. Christians have hope in the resurrection, and a future life with Jesus, our Creator and Redeemer.

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Recent Answers from Thurman C. Petty, Jr.

2016-09-19 Scripture:

Answer:   Dear Adam,    Thank you for your question about David痴 multiple wives. Here is some information I gleaned from a commentary. I edited it to answer your question.    It was while David was true

2016-01-27 If Adam named all the animals in the Garden, then how is it scientists are constantly discovering new species and naming them?:

Dear Jason,    I知 sorry about being late in answering this question. I had a heart attack on January 15, and have been in the hospital for some time. Now that I知 out, I知 attempting to catch up on answering

2015-12-09 St Paul's Letter on Love:

Dear Usuff,  If you値l read 1 Cor. 12, you値l understand why Paul spoke about speaking in the tongues of men or angels. The Corinthian believers had gotten mixed up on the Holy Spirit痴 gift of tongues

2015-12-06 St Paul's Letter on Love:

Dear Usuff,    Thank you for your question about 1 Cor. 13. I've always enjoyed meditating on this text. It helps me to weigh my thoughts, words, and actions by the Bible standards.    The mirrors in Paul's

2015-10-30 Christmas Celebration.:

Dear Prashant,    Thank you for your question about fireworks on Christmas. I find nothing in the Bible against such activity.    During this Christmas season, it would be good to spend time reading the


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