F. C. Grant

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F. C. Grant
Frederick Clifton Grant

(1891-02-02)February 2, 1891
DiedJuly 11, 1974(1974-07-11) (aged 83)
Ecclesiastical career
ReligionChristianity (Anglican)
ChurchEpiscopal Church (United States)
  • 1912 (deacon)[1]
  • 1913 (priest)[1]
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
InfluencedSamuel Ifor Enoch

Frederick Clifton Grant (1891–1974) was an American New Testament scholar. Grant was born on February 2, 1891, in Beloit, Wisconsin.[2][3] He received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from General Theological Seminary in 1912 and Master of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Theology degrees from Western Theological Seminary in 1916 and 1922 respectively.[4] Grant was Edward Robertson Professor of Biblical Theology at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City.[4] In 1951, a Festschrift was published in his honor. The Joy of Study: Papers on New Testament and Related Subjects Presented to Honor Frederick Clifton Grant included contributions from Henry Cadbury, Philip Carrington, and Robert M. Grant.

Grant argued for a form of the multi-source hypothesis in relation to the synoptic problem. He argued in his 1957 work, The Gospels, Their Origin and Their Growth, that Matthew, Mark, and Luke all draw from the same collection of myths, legends, miracle tales, paradigms, and apothegms.[5]

Grant's view that the author of the Gospel of John was "part of a group of early Christian gnostic-mystics" has since been discredited.[6]

Grant died on July 11, 1974.[3][7]

Selected works[edit]


  • Grant, Frederick C. (1943). The Earliest Gospel: studies of the evangelic tradition at its point of crystalization in writing. Cole Lectures, 1943. New York & Nashville: Abingdon-Cokesbury Press. OCLC 269537.
  • ——— (1950). An Introduction to New Testament Thought. New York: Abingdon-Cokesbury Press. OCLC 383096.
  • ——— (1953). Hellenistic Religions: the age of syncretism. Library of religion. 2. New York: Liberal Arts Press. OCLC 180940.
  • ——— (1957). The Gospels: their origin and their growth. New York: Harper. OCLC 383451.
  • ——— (1957). Ancient Roman Religion. Library of Religion. 8. New York: Liberal Arts Press. OCLC 182157.
  • ——— (1959). Ancient Judaism and the New Testament. New York: Macmillan. OCLC 1549381.
  • ——— (1961). Translating the Bible. Greenwich, CT: Seabury Press. OCLC 535910.
  • ——— (1962). Roman Hellenism and the New Testament. New York: Scribner. OCLC 832246.


  • Johnson, Sherman E., ed. (1951). The Joy of Study: papers on New Testament and related subjects presented to honor Frederick Clifton Grant. New York: Macmillan. OCLC 541019.



  1. ^ a b Armentrout & Slocum 2000, p. 225.
  2. ^ Armentrout & Slocum 2000, p. 225; Tryon 1948, p. xix.
  3. ^ a b "Dr. F. C. Grant, 83, Theologian, Dies". The New York Times. July 13, 1974. p. 26. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Tryon 1948, p. xix.
  5. ^ Foster 1995, p. 92.
  6. ^ Jeffrey 1996, p. 53.
  7. ^ Armentrout & Slocum 2000, pp. 225–226.


Armentrout, Don S.; Slocum, Robert Boak, eds. (2000). "Grant, Frederick Clifton". An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church. New York: Church Publishing. pp. 225–226. ISBN 978-0-89869-701-8. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
Foster, R. C. (1995) [1971]. Studies in the Life of Christ. Joplin, Missouri: College Press Publishing Company (published 2000). ISBN 978-0-89900-644-4.
Jeffrey, David Lyle (1996). People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. ISBN 978-0-8028-4177-3.
Tryon, Harold H., ed. (1948). Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York Alumni Catalogue, 1836–1947. New York: Union Theological Seminary. Retrieved October 29, 2019.

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