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Edgar Johnson Goodspeed

1871-1962. NT scholar. Born at Quincy, Illinois, he studied at Denison University, Yale, and the universities of Chicago and Berlin. He taught biblical and patristic Greek at Chicago (c.1900-1937), and pioneered in collating NT manuscripts and in the study of Greek papyri in America. He translated into American idiom The New Testament (1923), The Apocrypha (1938), and The Apostolic Fathers (1950), and was an original member of the committee that produced the RSV New Testament (1946). He taught history at the University of California, Los Angeles (1938-51). He wrote over sixty books, some of the more important being An Introduction to the New Testament (1937), History of Early Christian Literature (1942), How to Read the Bible (1946), A Life of Jesus (1950), and an autobiography, As I Remember (1953).