George Hawkins Pember matriculated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, in 1856; took the B.A. in 1860, being placed in the Second Class Classical Tripos; and his M.A. in 1863. He died July 5, 1910, in his seventy-third year. He studied the classics in his unconverted days for his own glory, but since his conversion he sought to use the knowledge so gained for the good of God's church. How extensive and accurate was his classical knowledge, and how very widely he had read, may be seen in The Great Prophecies and in Earth's Earliest Ages.
"He was preeminently a
teacher of teachers, and one of the best exponents of prophetic
Scripture during his period, so rich in great teachers of the Word
"This is a book of
distinct and conspicuous mark on the exhaustless theme of Scripture
Prophecy. It is evident that the conscientious labour and
thought of years are embodied in the volume. While the author
shows that he has studied with care the literature of his subject,
he has at the same time wrought out an independent scheme of
interpretation marked by great comprehensiveness and
"Pember was one name (among two or three) that dominated prophetic study in the Victorian age, a writer foremost in scholarship, in expository insight, in literary clarity, who had the added gift of interpreting facts in the light of Scripture; and Earth's Earliest Ages was to many of us a key book in our earlier years."
"One of the deplorable
facts of today is the disappearance of these giants, and even of
their works, with few if any to take their place; and the value of
this present volume becomes correspondingly greater as it gives to
the present generation a summary of one who knew his Bible, and
fearlessly stated a drama of all-comprehensive gravity now obviously
at the doors."
"One of the most
valuable expositions of prophecy ever published. It is written
in a popular and interesting style, and handles with masterly
discriminating, scholarly research, and eloquent description the
principal prophecies of the