Merrill F. Unger (1909-1980) was born in Baltimore and studied at Johns Hopkins University and Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). During his career, he served as pastor for churches in Dallas and Baltimore as well as a professor of Greek and theology at Gordon Divinity School and DTS. After his retirement in 1967, he began a highly productive phase of his life where he wrote extensively on various subjects related to the Bible and Christian living. He was also a frequent and popular lecturer in churches and schools. His scholarly yet accessible style made him an influential resource writer for the lay Christian, especially his Unger’s Bible Dictionary and Unger’s Bible Handbook.