Edgar J. Goodspeed

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Edgar J. Goodspeed
Born(1871-10-23)October 23, 1871
DiedJanuary 13, 1962(1962-01-13) (aged 90)
OccupationTranslator, university teacher, Bible translator, writer
Years active1901–1959
Notable work
  • The New Testament: an American Translation (1923)
  • The Apocrypha: An American Translation (1938)
  • The Apostolic Fathers: An American Translation (1950)


Edgar Johnson Goodspeed (1871–1962) was an American theologian and scholar of Greek and the New Testament. He taught for many years at the University of Chicago, whose collection of New Testament manuscripts he enriched by his searches. The University's collection is now named in his honor.

He is widely remembered for his translations of the Bible: The New Testament: an American Translation (1923), and (with John Merlin Powis Smith) "The Bible, An American Translation" (1935), the "Goodspeed Bible". He is also remembered for his translation of the Apocrypha, and that translation was included in The Complete Bible, An American Translation (1939). Finally, Harper & Brothers issued his widely heralded The Apostolic Fathers: An American Translation (1950).

Edgar J. Goodspeed was born in Quincy, Illinois. He graduated from Denison University in 1890 (where he also received a doctorate in Divinity, 1928) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D. 1898).

Edgar J. Goodspeed died in 1962 and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

Works[edit]

Aside from his scholarly work, he wrote many non-dogmatic introductions to biblical literature for the lay reader:

Books[edit]

  • Goodspeed, Edgar J.; Hicks, Edmund W. (1874). The Life of Jesus for Young People. Mt. Union, OH: L. U. Snead. OCLC 25311564.
  • ——— (1916). The Story of the New Testament. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. OCLC 2223156.
  • ——— (1925). The Making of the English New Testament. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. OCLC 863524247.
  • ——— (1926). The Formation of the New Testament. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. OCLC 855436075.
  • ——— (1931). Strange New Gospels. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. OCLC 186915807.
  • ——— (1934). The Story of the Old Testament. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. OCLC 2043676.
  • ——— (1936). The Story of the Apocrypha. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. OCLC 464128574.
  • ——— (1936). The Story of the Bible. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. OCLC 248799732.
  • ——— (1937). An Introduction to the New Testament. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. OCLC 386367.
  • ——— (1957). The Twelve, The Story of Christ's Apostles. Philadelphia: J. C. Winston. OCLC 613792134.
  • ——— (1940). How Came the Bible?. Apex books. New York: Abingdon Press. OCLC 4125230.
  • ——— (1942). A History of Early Christian Literature. Phoenix book. 220. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. OCLC 265232538.
  • ——— (1945). Problems of New Testament Translation. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. OCLC 1020965727.
  • ——— (1946). How to Read the Bible. Philadelphia: John C. Winston Company. OCLC 383642.
  • ——— (1950). The Apostolic Fathers: An American Translation. New York: Harper & Brothers. OCLC 1016341493.
  • ——— (1956). Modern Apocrypha. Boston: The Beacon Press. OCLC 1019952.

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