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Religious studies educator

Allan MacDonald Harman, Religious studies educator. Member Tyndale Fellowship, Fellowship for Biblical Studies, Society for Old Testament Study, Naval and Military Club Melbourne. Moderator Presbyterian Church of Victoria, 1989-1990; moderator general Presbyterian Church of Australia, since 1994.


Harman was born in Lismore, New South Wales, son of Rev Joseph Harman, minister of the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia and attended Taree High School and Sydney University (BA, 1957).


Bachelor, University Sydney, Australia, 1957. Bachelor's Degree, University Edinburgh, Scotland, 1960. Master of Letters, University Edinburgh, Scotland, 1974.

Master of Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, 1961. Doctor of Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, 1968.


He has been described as a "well-known and highly regarded figure in Christian and especially evangelical circles within Australia and overseas." He also served as Principal of PTC from 1982 to 2001, and is currently Research Professor at that institution. He has also lectured at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto, Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi and Kosin University in Busan, South Korea. He has been chairman of St Andrews Christian College, Tyndale Fellowship (Australia) and the Australian Institute of Archaeology, and is currently chairman of the Australian Defence Force's Religious Advisory Committee to the Services.

Harman has written commentaries on Psalms (), Daniel (), Deuteronomy (X) and Isaiah (). He was also one of the translators of the New King James Version. In 2001, a Festschrift was compiled in Harman's honour, on the occasion of his retirement and 65th birthday.

Contributors included Richard Gaffin and Peter Jensen.


  • He is a recipient of the Reserve Force Decoration.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: Paul's Use of the Psalms, 1968, (with Alan Mathison Renwick) The Story of the Church, 3d edition, 1998, Approaching the Old Testament, 1990. Editor, supplementer: (by R.S. Miller) Thomas Dove and the Australian Aborigines, 1985, Commentary on the Psalms, 1998, Covenant and Missions, 1999, Learning About the Old Testament, 2000. Contributor articles to professional publications.


After a pastorate of Geelong Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia (ordained and inducted 21 March 1962) and studies in Philadelphia 1964-66, Harman was Professor of Old Testament at Free Church of Scotland College, Edinburgh, from 1966 to 1974, at Reformed Theological College, Geelong, from 1974 to 1977 and at Presbyterian Theological College, Melbourne, from 1978 until his retirement in 2001. Harman served as Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia in 1978, transferring his ministry to the Presbyterian Church of Australia in 1981, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria in 1989-90 and Moderator-General of the Presbyterian Church of Australia from 1994 to 1997. In June 2010, Harman received a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Presbyterian Church of Australia.


He is a member of the board of directors of the World Reformed Fellowship, and has been an editor of the Reformed Theological Review since 1989.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: woodworking, walking.


Married Mairi Murchison, May 20, 1961. Children: Ruth, Linda, Kenneth, Philip, Christine.

Joseph Albert Harman

Jessie (Grant) Harman

Mairi Murchison

Ruth Harman

Linda Harman

Kenneth Harman

Philip Harman

Christine Harman