The admired Professor Alexander not only helped found Princeton Theological
Seminary, but served as its first principal. Alexander, along with B. B. Warfield and
Charles and A. A. Hodge, became known as one of the “Princeton theologians,” arguably
the most influential group of religious scholars in the history of American Christianity.
Reacting against the rise of theological liberalism, they sought to restore the Bible’s
reputation as an authoritative text to the world of academic theology. In The Canon of
the Old and New Testaments Ascertained, Alexander details the history of the biblical
canon’s formation. Unlike similar books coming out of the liberal schools of theology
in Continental Europe, in which scholars often treated the Bible as merely an historical
document, Alexander treats the text as one inspired by God.