1834-1909. Scottish biblical scholar. Born at Belford, Northumberland, where the elder was Presbyterian minister, he graduated at Edinburgh and in 1864 became minister of Renfield Free Church, Glasgow, a charge he held until 1889. In that year he was called to the chair of NT criticism in New College, Edinburgh. In 1890 a complaint was brought against him in the general assembly that he had denied the inerrancy of Scripture, but it was dismissed, and a more liberal view in his church was consolidated with the passing of the 1892 Declaratory Act.* In 1907 Dods was appointed principal of his college. His works include commentaries on Genesis (1888) and 1 Corinthians (1889), and The Bible, Its Nature and Origin (1905).