Dr. James Smith

James E. Smith was born the third of four sons born to Fred and Thelma Smith. James E. Smith was born at St. Mary Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia this is unlike his two older brothers who were born in India while his parents were missionaries there. James’ father was a preacher who met his mother while ministering at a church while attending Cincinnati Bible Seminary.  James was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America and became an Eagle Scout.

After high school James attended his father’s alma mater at Cincinnati Bible Seminary. Before leaving for Seminary James met the woman he would marry - Rachel Stout. A year into seminary he and Rachel became engaged to marry and married in the church he had been ministering at in Sherman, Kentucky. They have two children the eldest a son Keith and daughter Yona.

James received the B.A., B.Th., and MDiv from CBS.  He received his Ph.D. From Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  


James was in the preaching ministry for 17 years and is still active in teaching in local churches in Central Florida.  He is the author of numerous books and articles.

He taught at Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary from 1963-1976.


In 1974 James’ brother Fred Smith Jr. became part of a committee to start a Bible College in Florida. Fred offered James the position of academic dean at this developing college, now known as Florida Christian College.  “Doc Smith” was an esteemed Distinguished Professor of Bible, and Academic Dean at Florida Christian College until his retirement.  After Doc. Smith’s retirement, Florida Christian merged with Johnson University.  It is now Johnson University Florida.


Jim Smith is on the internet: visit his website.


Baptize You in the Holy Spirit

A Song and a Sword

Apologies to Michal

The Hands of the Apostles

The Heavenly High Priest

The Name Jehovah

The Seven Thunders

What did Jesus Teach

Should The Church Be More Inclusive?

Commentary on Lamentations

Commentary on Jeremiah

Commentary on Ezekiel

Commentary on Zechariah


Dr. Smith has numerous books available for purchase  on LULU.Com

Biblical Typology

After two introductory chapters to the discipline of typology, Dr. Smith examines eight categories of Old Testament types.

Night Christ Died

A devotional commentary on the records in the Gospels of the trials, crucifixion, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.

Biblical Prophetism

An introduction to the prophetic movement in ancient Israel and the prophetic office in the early church. Several chapters are devoted to hermeneutical issues.

Night the Angels Sang

A devotional commentary on the record of the Gospels covering the thirty years from the birth of Christ to his baptism.

Promised Messiah: Prophetic Literature

A discussion of the personal messianic prophecies in the prophetic books of the Old Testament.

Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah; A Christian Interpretation

A verse-by-verse commentary on the books of the three seventh century Minor Prophets.

Faith Under Fire

An introduction to the Book of Job, is followed by a verse-by-verse commentary on the text.

Book of Acts Made Simple

A commentary and teaching manual on Acts 1-12 designed for Christian Schools, homeschool, small groups or adult Sunday School curriculum.

Night the Glory Came Down

A devotional commentary on the life of Christ covering the period from March AD 29 to the Feast of Dedication in December of that same year.

Daniel: A Christian Interpretaton

An introduction to the Book of Daniel is followed by a verse-by-verse commentary on the text. The commentary contains numerous charts and special studies.

God's Church Made Simple

An examination of thirteen biblical metaphors for the church with a view to helping the modern Christian to see the church as God sees it.

Angels, God's Ministering Spirits

A survey of the biblical material relating to angels and their roles in the lives of believers throughout history.

Dictionary of Figures in the Book of Revelation

An exploration of the biblical backgrounds of the figurative language used by John in the Book of Revelation.

Isaiah, A Christian Interpretation Second Edition

An introduction to the Book of Isaiah is followed by a verse-by-verse commentary on the text of prophet. This commentary is written from the perspective of one who believes that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah anticipated by Isaiah.

Bible Survey

A book-by-book survey of the contents of the Bible discussing such matters of authorship, date, contents and special features of each book.

Hosea & Amos: A Christian Interpretation

A verse-by-verse commentary on biblical books of Hosea and Amos.

Behold, the Revelation of Jesus Christ

An introduction to the Book of Revelation in the New Testament is followed by a verse-by-verse commentary on the biblical text.

The Longest Night in the Bible

A devotional study of the events and teaching of the night most discussed in the Bible--the night before the Crucifixion

Preaching Values In the Bible

A practical discussion of strategies for preaching from the major types of biblical literature. The chapters are organized in three main divisions: introductory, expository and suggestive preaching units.

Jesus: Heaven's King

An introduction to the Gospel of Matthew is followed by a verse-by-verse commentary on the text.

Iron Pillar, Broken Reed

Studies in the ministry of the prophet Jeremiah including his ministry of intercession, suffering, and vision.

Jesus, God's Servant

An introduction to the Gospel of Mark is followed by a verse-by-verse commentary on the text of the second Gospel.

The Ten Commandments Reconsidered

A study of each of the Ten Commandments in relation to the rest of the Law of Moses, the prophetic teaching and the New Testament. Second edition of God's Law, Our Compass.

Jesus: God's Servant

An introduction to the Gospel of Mark is followed by a verse-by-verse commentary on the text of the second Gospel.

Colossians & Philemon Revisited

An introduction to the New Testament books of Colossians and Philemon is followed by a verse-by-verse commentary on the texts of these two books.

History of Israel

A chronological survey of the history of God's Old Testament people Israel from the time of Joshua to the close of Old Testament history.
















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