Professor Donald Wiseman, who died on February 2 at the age of 91, was an archaeologist and Assyriologist whose profound evangelical Christian convictions led him to study the connections between archaeological discoveries and the Old Testament. His experience and knowledge marked Donald as a major contributor to, and Editor of, the New Bible Dictionary (1962, 1982, 1996) and The Illustrated Bible Dictionary (1980). For many years he was Editor for Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries and gave his skills to a variety of other Christian publications. Deeply involved in Tyndale House, Wiseman opposed widely taught liberal views about Scripture.
His vision was well expressed by John Stott in 1992, 'We shall never capture the church for the truth of the gospel unless and until we can re-establish biblical scholarship, hold (and not lose) the best theological minds in every generation, and overthrow the enemies of the gospel by confronting them at their own level of scholarship' (Quoted by Tom Noble, Tyndale House and Fellowship, 239).